The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, an extremely rare move the office said it made because the name is offensive to Native Americans. Trademarks that disparage or belittle other groups are not permitted under federal law. The ruling Wednesday pertains to six different trademarks containing the word “Redskin.” Native American groups have been fighting the football team, its owners and sponsors for decades, trying to persuade them to change the name.
This is the second time the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has faced a petition to cancel these registrations. The first was in 1992.
This is tremendous blow to the clown and Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder who thinks the name “Redskins” is a term of endearment to Native Americans. Clearly Dan Snyder is tone deaf as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who is the NFL protector when its convenient. I would really like to see the NFL players rise up and stand together with Native Americans and force the NFL and the Washington franchise to change the team’s name. Offensive language is offensive language period. The original team owner had to be forced to integrate his team with NFL Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell because he didn’t believe in black players being on his team, let that marinate; a league that is 75% black in 2014 had trouble with integration during the 50′s and 60′s.
Native Americans suffered the greatest indignity when the settlers first landed on the shores of America, lets do right by them and eliminate offensive names.