Is It Finally Time for a Redskins Name Change?
Big news out of Washington, and no it’s not even politics-related. Yesterday, as ThinkProgress reported:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language.
Let me start off by saying this… WORD!! This is huge news for anyone either active in the fight against racism (where you always appreciate an extra boost) or those who wish they were in the fight, but feel like it’s an uphill, helpless battle. Native Americans have been fighting for a Redskins name change for years on end now, and team owner Dan Snyder has offered little in the way of even giving a damn.
Now, however, he just took a massive uppercut right to the place that truly affects any business owner — the bank account. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Snyder will even sweat the financial losses associated with this (and of course there will be appeals), but I’m sure the heat will turn up regardless. He may like throwing money away to prove a point (and I must wonder if that point isn’t simply that he’s a racist), but I’m sure others won’t appreciate it — including the National Football League of which he is of course a member. When an official letter of the law ruling comes down slapping your hand, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell usually isn’t far behind. Donald Sterling anyone?
Here are more details on the ruling:
You can read more details on the decision over at ThinkProgress via the link below:
Credits: In Landmark Decision, U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark For Redskins … – ThinkProgress
A little secret — taking the fight to Snyder and the NFL over a Redskins name change stands near the top on our side projects list over at The Walk a Mile Project — something we hope to jump into this Fall when football kicks back into full swing — but I would absolutely love it if this decision brings the issue to a boil and results in a resolution here in 2014. Snyder’s reputation is well-known, so all bets are off on whether or not he even budges on this,. We’ll find out soon enough, and stay in touch with us at The Double Truth to see if any further progress is made.
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