Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 09:08 AM

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Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

Late last night on Twitter, Tribbett resigned from the job.

Tribbet's resignation came after these tweets of his from 2010 resurfaced.

Tribbett's resignation was sufficiently vaguely worded that it's possible he's not resigning solely because of these tweets. Last week, for instance, Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out that Tribbett, in a previous life, had convinced America that Republican politician George Allen's use of the word 'macaca' represented an instance of career-ending racism. Stories about Tribbett's selective understanding of what constitutes racism could also be part of the 'distraction' his resignation refers to. 

However, assuming Tribbett has left his job because of the 2010 tweets, it's hard not to marvel at the irony of it. He got hired to defend a football team's racially offensive name. He's resigned after using racially offensive language. It feels like the same logic that caused him to lose his job should have stopped his job from existing. 


(Tribbett did not immediately respond to a request for comment, will update if we hear back from him.)


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Comments [3]

Anthony McCarthy from Maine

I'd never heard of Tribbett before and I've followed liberal blogs pretty strongly during the infamous George Allen incident.

I believe, however, since then the pretty awful phenomenon of "hipster racism" has been gaining hold, making racist comments semi-unofficially-officially kewl and edgey and, most hipstery of all, "transgressive". Perhaps that's what got the boy in trouble. Not to mention the whole idea of a "liberal blogger" peddling himself to racists like an intellectual rent-boy.

Jul. 12 2014 07:58 AM
Common Sense from New Jersey

Shocked at this poor reporting!! I'd hardly say that "Tribbett convinced America" that George Allen was racist because of his use of the word "macaca." I think Allen was responsible for his own problems. And I doubt many people have had ever heard of Tribbett until now.

Jul. 08 2014 03:30 PM
M from The world


Jul. 08 2014 11:34 AM

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