‘Redskins’ Stripped of Trademarks

Jonathan Topaz and Lucy McCalmont, Politico, June 19, 2014

In a major blow to the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal trademarks of the team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.

“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the patent office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board wrote in a 2-1 decision.

The Redskins team name has become a divisive political issue over the past few years, with even President Barack Obama saying the club should consider changing the name. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats also have pressed owner Dan Snyder to change the name. On the other side, conservatives have either defended keeping the name, arguing that it isn’t a slur, or been silent on the uproar.

The trademark attorney for the Redskins, Bob Raskopf, downplayed the ruling and vowed the team will win an ensuing appeal.

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo,” he said in a statement, citing rulings in 1999 and 2003. “We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal.”

Reid lauded the trademark decision on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying it reinforces the push for the Washington Redskins to change its name.

Reid called the name a “sad reminder” of the bigotry Native Americans have faced and said the issue “is extremely important to Native Americans all across the country.”

“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name,” he said.

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Five Native Americans in 2006 brought the petition, Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., aimed at stripping the teams’ half-dozen trademark registrations for the term “Redskins.”

“I hope this ruling brings us a step closer to that inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed,” said plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse. “The team’s name is racist and derogatory.”

Critics of the name who had turned to the trademark office note that the ruling against the team does not stop the organization from continuing to use the term. But it could potentially devalue it because anyone would be able to use the unprotected name, meaning that companies not affiliated with the team could, for instance, print and sell T-shirts, posters and whatever other products they wanted without having to share any revenues with the Redskins’ owner.

Under the trademark office’s decision, the NFL also will lose several benefits of federal registration of the trademark, including the use of the federal registration symbol.

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In his dissent, Judge Marc Bergsman said the Native Americans hadn’t proven their case.

“By this dissent, I am not suggesting that the term ‘redskins’ was not disparaging in 1967, 1974, 1978, and 1990 (the registration dates at issue). Rather, my conclusion is that the evidence petitioners put forth fails to show that it was,” Bergsman’s dissent read.

The Redskins can appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., or file a civil action in District Court. The trademark office faced a similar case brought against the team in the 1990s, when, despite ruling in favor of that Native American several years later, the board’s decision was eventually thrown out in court on an appeal.

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In May, 50 senators–48 Democrats and two independents–wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to change the name. “The N.F.L. can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter read. The letter, spearheaded by Cantwell, was not circulated among Republicans.

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  • Mark Levin is speaking on this right now. Even if the ruling stands, the matter still isn’t cut and dry. Also, this same trademark board tried this trick back in 1999 and the Federal courts reversed it in 2003.

    • Katherine McChesney

      What was the trick they used for in 1999?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I disagree with Katherine’s punctuation mark. I will have to thumbs down.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      What’s funny about this (and typical) is that there is only a small number of people behind this. The NFL funded research on the topic and, not only do most Indians not give a hoot, they found that many Indians were proud of the Redskin image. It does have a proud expression. This is more tail-wag-the-dog. Some 1/32 Cherokee, Lizzie Warren-type, do-gooder trying to make a name for himself. And the dog is wagging.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Please don’t call them do-gooders. It is obvious they are do badders.
        I think the Redskins should sue people in the federal government for tortious interference with their contracts, especially if the PTO has pulled this stunt before and been shot down in court.

        • RonanTheLibtardian

          “Do-gooder” was a derogatory used by the Bush admin. to describe Libtardian types.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            Which actually shows how “tarded” Bush was. Since when is doing good, bad? But what I recall of GW is the term, “Evil Doers.” Simple sloganeering is simple, and never a dazzling display of wit.

            The traditional Republican slur for Liberals is “Bleeding Hearts.” That is, until they wanted to remake their images and began to talk about “compassionate conservativism.” Yeah, compassionate for votes. The entire game stinks.

          • RonanTheLibtardian

            We might be splitting hairs a bit. It was clearly meant and understood as sarcasm. I agree, I remember the “Evil Doers” quote as well.

      • kikz2

        distraction….obama is sending troops…. us begs iran for help on iraq.. oooooooh lookattheredskins…….

      • I take the Democrats’ newfound fanaticism over this issue compared to the fact that actual Indians (feather, not dot) either don’t care or mildly approve, as proof that there’s some big money donor behind the anti-“Redskins” putsch.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I later said in a post here that it is more likely to be the relentless campaign of the Cultural Marxists reinforcing “white guilt”. For them, it has intrinsic value. The Left is notorious for floating “nothing balls” as I call them. This is one of their standard carrot & stick, “nothing balls” that all of us snap at. If we could only see ourselves.

          It’s the standard Alinksy template based on the advertising tactic. We are brain-washed through the repetitive nature of the “white guilt” campaign. The FCC actually has laws on the books prohibiting types of repetitive, media brain-washing. That would be an interesting SCOTUS case.

          • Guest

        • r j p

          Anybody remember laughter?
          Anybody remember the -Washington- Bullets?

      • guest

        Oh, I left something out. To be an Oneida member, you need 1/4 blood quantum…which doesn’t mean one grandparent had to be a full blooded Oneida, just a tribe member. The CLAIM is that they had to be full blooded, but records at that time were based on people’s assertion of such facts.

        So really these Professional Indians can be as little as your 1/32 or less.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          My opinion has been evolving on this one as I talk to you and Question Diversity. I mention in another post that it was an opportunity for the Cultural Marxists to perpetuate and reinforce their “white guilt” propaganda campaign.

          But, as my opinion evolves, it’s many things. It’s also an example of ‘The Chicago Way’, where government uses various agencies to shakedown businesses. The IRS shook-down the Tea Party successfully. The EEOC regularly shakes down businesses by calling in anonymous “tips” to agencies like OSHA, DEP, EPA, etc.

          This is more of the same, but with the Patent Office, of all places. The Chicago thugs will stop at nothing. They are morally bankrupt gangsters. I want to believe there will be hell to pay. Let’s start “…taking names…”

          • And I’m starting to evolve around to your way of thinking. Maybe it’s not a matter of some Democrat donor billionaire driving elected Democrat policy, a la Tom Steyer and “climate change.” Perhaps it’s all a shakedown to get Dan Snyder to hire a bunch of sons, daughters, nephews, nieces of important Democrats into cushy sinecures.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Yet another evolution. How many reasons do we need to secede??

    • The fact that the trademarks are pre-existing and quite old likely mean that this ruling won’t stand. It would also set a terrible legal precedent: that a business can be stripped of intellectual property assets for reasons that are entirely political.

  • MekongDelta69

    It’s called Tyranny.

    Nothing less…

    • Dr. Cramden

      Its straight out of Orwell’s 1984.

  • Truthseeker

    Just as they’ve devalued the US by allowing anyone to enter and claim the benefits of being an American, they devalue an organization’s brand by making it available for anyone to profit from.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Yet again. I know of no such flesh and blood person named “U.S. Patent and Trademark Office”. They can continue to attack with no fear whatsoever when no one goes after their jobs. The only ones who can are our elected politicians. If there are no republicans willing to do so, then they need to be removed from office even if it means a democrat wins.

  • Manaphy

    When was the last time anyone anywhere used the word “redskin” as an insult?

    • MikeofAges

      Absolutely. The word is an archaism. No one uses its. It is, at this point, Americana. But maybe American is what ultimately they are after. If they had their own way, they wouldn’t stop until they could drive a giant tractor onto the National Mall, throw anchor chains around the base of the Washington Monument, and start driving.

      The only problem is, beliefs and culture have proven harder to destroy than they have imagined. Native American culture itself, for example. The Soviet Union. China. Someday, the Maoist regime will be gone. But China will still be there.

      • MarcB1969

        “But maybe Americana is what ultimately they are after”.

        That is so true.

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      I heard a radio commentary last night where someone suggested they claim that “redskins” refers to red potatoes. It’s a word game in the end being forced to be political.

      Another commentator presented the notion of degree of “insult.” No team has ever been named the “N”s, he pointed out, while even Amerinds have used the term “Redskins” in the past. They used to accept “Reds” as their ID and use “Whites” for , ….. well, you know.

      • The high school in Pekin, Illinois had until 1980 as its sports mascot, based on “Pekin” being one “g” away, the Chinks.

    • JohnEngelman

      When was the first time? When was the word ever used as an insult?

  • r j p

    Flat out government theft of private property.

    • It’s actually a case of the government encouraging others to steal this teams private property by declaring it to be in the public domain.

      • r j p

        It’s government theft.

    • Olorin

      With all due respect, and despite the fact that I don’t entirely disagree with you, you’re overlooking something essential.

      NFL teams depend heavily on government (i.e., taxpayer) funding of their enterprises–from stadium building to infrastructure to the police who show up at these panem et circenses events. And a lot of taxpayers aren’t happy about having their wages siphoned off to billionaires who threaten to leave town for the next hot tax break.

      http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.ssf/2014/01/poll_americans_dislike_public-funded_stadiums_and_tax_breaks_for_nfl_teams.html

  • So CAL Snowman

    I’m filing a class action suit against the Saltine and Ritz people for their use of the racially disparaging slur “crackers” to describe their products. I’ve also heard rumors that Obama is going after the Nabisco people and their oreo cookie line.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      We also need to kill Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. They are an affront to negro sensitivity.

      • TruthBeTold

        It always seemed odd to me that no one ever really went after those to products.

      • bilderbuster

        And that no good Cream of Wheat guy too!

      • Dr. Cramden

        You can add to your list Quaker Oats, Mr. Clean and Dutch Boy paint.
        You cant kill Aunt Jemima, Operas picture is on the Box.

    • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

      Lest we forget Cracker Barrel and Cracker Jack

    • guest

      The entire wild bird seed industry now spells Niger thistle (a little black seed that finches like) “Nyjer” after complaints here and there that you can figure out for yourself.

      http://www.ebirdseed.com/nyjer_niger_thistle_birdseed.html

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        Makes you wonder when they’ll go after the nation Nigeria and the river named Niger, etc.

      • That mess got started in the runup to the second Iraq war in 2002 and 2003. Saddam Hussein supposedly procured some uranium birthday cake or something like that from the African country of Niger. The media, when they discussed the matter, to the last individual, pronounced the country’s name “Nyjer,” and not the usual “NYE-jur.” I guess they were all afraid of slipping up and adding the extra g, though they would have been telling the truth.

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      I’ll sign your petition. I’m tired of being referred to as a “cracker.” But also, a “snowflake,” a “honky,” a “peckerwood,” and “White Devil.”

      And I’d also like to know why Ophra wasn’t censured when earlier this year she proclaimed, “More whites need to die.” That seems like an encouragement to genocide and violent attacks against whites, which are the increase since then.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Liberals are celebrating this trademark decision like our grandparents celebrated the end of WWII. For Liberals the eradication of any perceived racism from white people really is the most important thing in the world.

  • Tom Thumb

    All the years I worked with American Indian guys, I never heard one beef about the name Redskins.

  • He who controls our words controls our minds. That’s the Marxist theory and it’s valid.
    Thus, the attack on the Redskins name is going to be never ending, ultimately resulting in victory for them unless we take back our country.

    The Indians don’t care about this and neither do politicans. It’s not worth any extra votes. It’s symbolic of the Marxist pathology that has the elites and their sycophants bullying everyone into submission in a thousand different ways.

    We have to take the offensive, as we did in throwing that scum Cantor out of office. That victory of ours was symbolic, but a lot more power packed than kicking out the Redskins name.

    • RonanTheLibtardian

      Andy sent me to your site. Good stuff!

  • dd121

    If the Demorats don’t like what you’re doing, they’ll disregard the law and bring down the full force of the federal government on your head. This country is starting to get scary.

  • Dave West

    America is quickly becoming the land of people obsessed with their own victimhood and the victimhood of others.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      It’s one of the things we do best.

    • Olorin

      It’s not victimhood. It’s the orthodoxy that fabricates victimization in order to gain political or economic power through the hunting and punishing of heretics, outside of due process.

      Inquisition 2.0. Read Edward Peters on the first one.

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      Becoming?

    • “Becoming”?

      I suspect we are already there.

  • dave

    PC has destroyed everything.

    • Ernest

      That’s true but what is even more true is we, as in we collectively allow it to happen.

      • dave

        We allow it because we’re divided as a race and a people just the way the Gov’t likes it.

    • kikz2

      then let’s destroy PC…. >:)

  • Ike Eichenberg

    “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”

    Harry Reid on Obama.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Yeah, Libs don’t get hypocrisy.

  • JohnEngelman

    January 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Public Policy Polling released a survey Thursday showing that 71 percent of Americans do not want to change the name.
    18 percent said they thought the name should be changed, while 11
    percent said they weren’t sure. Washington sent a release Thursday night
    highlighting the fact that “regardless of race, gender, age, or
    political affiliation, not one subgroup supported changing the team’s
    name.”

    “This poll, along with the poll taken among Native Americans by the
    Annenberg Institute, demonstrates continued, widespread and deep
    opposition to the Redskins changing our name,” the team said in the
    release, pointing also to a 10-year-old poll by the Annenberg Institute
    that purportedly showed that Native Americans support the name too.

    • Berkeley Guy

      Solid data, and nice post. It’s a shame we have to pour such time and resources into sinkhole issues.

  • Ronald

    The case law surrounding this decision should keep high paid taxpayer supported Government lawyers busy for years to come. For example, the Government’s refusal to approve the trademark application for “Washington redskin potatoes” was the foot in the door used by the Government to undermine trademark “protection” surrounding the Washington Redskins football team. The Government based this latest political correctness scheme to appease the culture distorters on the idea that the Indians would be aggrieved. Yet, commercial interests routinely use the associated ” P ” word when advertising tubers. How soon will it be before the Government address THAT?

    Another cultural insensitivity is Gold. How often does one hear that word being bandied about? Are not the racists making oblique reference to the golden hoard, thus inflaming the sensitivities of Mongolian Americans – and by extension – ALL those of the Asian “persuasion”? It’s time the Government acts to weed out racism.

    In this enlightened era, there is no place for the ” P ” and the ” G ” words. Let’s put those Government lawyers to work.

  • IKUredux

    None of these people really care about the name “Redskins”. This isn’t about a so-called offensive team name. This is about power. The power of language and the definitions of such. I heard Terry Bradshaw claim on some T.V. show that the word “redskins” is the equivalent of nagger. See how much progress they have made already? I can’t even put the word I’m referring to in quotes! Because, if I do my comment will be removed by the moderator. Freedom of speech? Freedom of speech? There is no such thing in this country anymore. This redskins brouhaha is just another brick in the wall of our imprisonment. Fight this, fight EVERYTHING.

    • Ronald

      It’s good we put ourselves in the other fellow’s shoes. I wonder how our few remaining WW 2 Navy vets feel when they see the little transgender boy dressed in sailor attire who is depicted on “cracker” Jack boxes? The boys in bell bottom trousers gave so much for their country. Why doesn’t the Government DO something?

      • IKUredux

        I truly don’t get where you are going with this comment, Ronald. I may call you Ronald, right Ronald? OK, for the sake of argument here, Ronald, I presume you what, totally disagree with what I said about this issue being about the control of language. Instead, Ronald, you preferred to obfuscate, and, what, be sarcastic, because of what? You think the Native Americans, after all these decades have monolithically decided to protest the redskin name? Really? Also, your argument that White Navy veterans who gave their lives for this country, should be offended by a boy, that you describe as “transgendered”, seriously, Raymond, have you never seen what boys looked like in the early part of the twentieth century? Dutch Boy paint? Buster Brown shoes? The childhood pics of my great grandfathers? Oh, wait, Raymond, do you hail from some failed state that never even had photography until you dragged your silly liberal ass here? Oh, and Raymond, that “cracker” thing, despite being subtle, really, really, hurt my feelings.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I think you were a little rough on Ronald. He meant no harm. I got most of what he meant. The Cracker Jack box case would be roughly equal to the Redskins case, yet no one would ever engage in such frivolity. I get it.

          • IKUredux

            You might be right. However, there is no way the “Cracker Jacks ” boy was “transgendered”. What crap.Talk about stretching for an analogy. And, it had nothing to do with refuting my assertion that this whole thing is about language control and first amendment rights.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I would go further out of the box and say it’s part of the constant “white guilt” campaign being waged by the Cultural Marxists. My take away.

        • Ronald

          Calm down, ILMredux. Even we silly “Liberal” asses recognize sarcasm as a legitimate form of political discourse.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I don’t recognize you or IKUredux, but you are equally welcome. Let’s take back our country together.

          • IKUredux

            Gee, Ronald, why did you deliberately call me ILMredux? Are you stymied for another, more intelligent response? Oh, and I recognize sarcasm, when artfully done. Yours wasn’t. It was sarcasm, all right, from a liberal, lefty, point of view. You gave yourself away, with the “cracker” in quotes. Otherwise, I might have considered you, one of us.

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          It’s called sarcasm. The boy has long blond hair, which was common for boys in the late 19th, early 20th centuries. Not only that, in Victorian times, boys under 5 used to be dressed just like girls, at least the upper class boys. I have photos of a friend of mine who died at 90 in 2001. He was from a noble line and had a title. (He was also a cousin to JFK). The photo of him are exactly as I describe.

      • Olorin

        That little boy was the grandson of the product’s creator. His name was Robert, and he was depicted as a sailor boy, dressed typically for the time (1890s, the waning of the age of sail), with his little dog (“Bingo”).

        Robert died not long after Cracker Jack was first sold, at the Columbian Exposition. His tombstone, erected by his grieving and loving grandpa, is carved with the sailor boy’s image and stands to this day at St. Henry Cemetery in Chicago.

    • The Verdict of History

      I am with you almost entirely.

      Freedom of speech, though, only limits the State’s power to abridge free speech.

      Private institutions are not subject to this constitutional constraint.

      • IKUredux

        I agree that private institutions such as Amren, can dictate speech. However, my point is that Amren is compelled by the lack of free speech in this country, and the consequences they could suffer if they did not CENSOR the comments. My point remains: There is no freedom of speech in this country!

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      He’s wrong; no team has ever been named “nagger.”

      • IKUredux

        Ha ha! Very funny, Whiteplight!

    • The Verdict of History

      They deleted your response to me.

      Please try again….

      • IKUredux

        Hmm, interesting. I merely pointed out that although any website has the right to censor comments, the fact that they all censor the exact same words for fear of the consequences, tells me that there is a serious erosion of our first amendment rights. Actually, the fact that we are censored by more than just websites. You must watch what you say EVERYWHERE. Big Brotha is watching.

        • Ronald

          IMUredux.

          Yes. You are right. “Liberals” – such as yourself – often claim since the 60s 70s revolutionaries came to power, that first Amendment “rights” do not apply to “private” businesses. What you “Liberals” fail to understand, though, is that there is no businesses operating in the land of the”free” that is not subject to Governmental authority and strict regulation. If you don’t believe that, try starting a “private” business without a Government license. After Government regulators demand you cease operation until you get such a license – and for the sake of argument you fail to do so – you must tell us how long it takes Government to throw you into a crowded Government prison to be eaten by gigantic rats and blood sucking bedbugs.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Reid called the name a “sad reminder” of the bigotry Native Americans have faced

    So isn’t the logical next step towards atoning for all this terrible “bigotry” to force all landowners in the US to give their lands back to the nearest Native American tribe? I mean, what could be worse bigotry than to have forcibly “taken” this land from its “rightful owners?” All those benefiting from such an action, no matter how long ago, should be forced to give it back! After all, that is the logical next step to stamping out “injustices” from the past.

  • NoMosqueHere

    The do gooders must stay busy. In the past, they railed against booze, sex, rock music, and drugs; but they ended up on the losing side. Now the war is against racism. Let’s hope that war fails too.

  • JDInSanD

    Time to ban F Troop too. From the F Troop theme song:

    “when paleface and redskin both turn chicken”

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    This is all a red herring, an attempt to sell sports crap memorabilia and use the Redskins trademark. This will go back and forth in court for years. There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

  • OhWow

    I could understand if it was more like the Cleveland Indian logo which does make them look cartoonish and exaggerates features, but the Redskins logo is exactly how Indians look and it’s meant to be a proud and honorable term if a team uses it. What team would select a name that makes fun of themselves? It defies logic.

    • veritas_1

      Looks nothing like Indians. Maybe Native Americans but Indians live in India.

    • bilderbuster

      The NFL teams should all have insulting names like The Miami Spiks, The San Francisco Homo’s, The Dallas Drunks, The Detroit Nigga’s, The Baltimore Cracks…
      It would be more realistic and I know I would enjoy it.

      • NoMosqueHere

        Ironically, the name “Redskins” was meant to signify bravery and fierceness. Most american indians see it that way; but it’s the sick librull whites who have generated the negative connotations of the name.

        • bilderbuster

          If anything it’s a compliment.
          If they want to complain about something they should complain about the portrayal of the American Indian in The Village People.

        • The Cultural Marxists thrive on creating controversy out of thin air.

  • IstvanIN

    I have read about a couple of cases where “white pride” types of trademarks were turned down because they were racist. I wish I had an example, maybe someone else can help.

    • bilderbuster

      I find an NBA team of Black thugs calling themselves The Boston Celtics offensive and I’ve never heard any Irish complain of Notre Dame’s being called The Fighting Irish and having an intoxicated Leprechaun as it’s mascot.

  • MBlanc46

    Out and out theft.

  • JohnEngelman

    I think we have more important problems to deal with than the fact that a minority of American Indians – whoops, I mean Native Americans – might be upset about the name of the Washington Redskins.

    For example, the economy is not getting better. The situation in Iraq is getting worse. We really do not have time for this.

    • bilderbuster

      The lives of the anti Whites revolves around vital issues such as this.

      • RonanTheLibtardian

        Keeps the white guilt momentum up.

  • Moe

    Change the logo to a red potato. Redskins would then refer to those glorious red potatoes that taste so good with any meal. Keep the name. Case closed. Thanks, Rush…

  • DooDoo Brownstein

    They should change the name to “Shitskins”, sit back, and watch the hysteria ensue.

  • model1911

    Don Snyder should sell the team to Donald Sterling.

  • eduardusjacobus

    A team has a particular logo to highlight the great virtues and courageousness of the subject of the logo. It is an honor for American native Indians to be honored with this Washington logo.

  • Dr. Cramden

    Reid called the name a “sad reminder” of the bigotry Native Americans have faced and said the issue “is extremely important to Native Americans all across the country.”
    Nice try Reid, but the name has been in use since 1932 and suddenly this name is offensive to “Native Americans”, not likely snake Reid.
    By the way just what is a Native American?

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    I listened to a radio talk show yesterday where the speaker talked about this topic. He pointed out that there is some apparent degree of perceived insult (or something) at play because while even Amerind teams have used “Redskins” and others have as well for a long time, no one has ever used “The N Word” in a similar way.

    I would point out that Dennis Banks, who started the American Indian Movement in 1969 also missed the opportunity to decry this use. He focused on the word “squaw,” instead as the offensive word choice. He had learned enough about Critical Theory to know how to pick out a pet term for adding to the general protest as a Civil Rights playbook requirement.

    Of course, up to then, “squaw” had no derogatory meaning except as far as the fact that male Amerinds generally viewed all their women as chattel to be traded or used in whatever manner they might choose. I have always found it strange how the Left and even Feminists so readily bought into the claimed righteousness of the Amerind in general when they were actually so much worse than white men when it came to the treatment of women and children in their own group (not to mention captives).

    Oh yeah, I just want to say, I’m back.

  • SSkreelings

    For politicians on the make, particularly in the Western States like Arizona, New Mexico, California, etc., it was often a mark of honor to be feted by one Indian tribe or another and, with much ceremony and press coverage, the politician would be made an honorary member of the tribe, photographed wearing a feather headdress and smoking a peace pipe, and shaking hands with the tribal elders. Many American political figures, Barry Goldwater, Bob Dole, and numerous congressmen, mayors and Senators were made ‘honorary Indians’ by local tribes.
    Many white politicians have attended meetings of the NAACP, the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund, yet I have never heard of any of them being named an Honorary Negro.
    Just noting for the record.

  • Olorin

    This demonstrates that the real issue has nothing to do with imaginary hurt feelings, but an effort to use the racism heresy discourse as a way to transfer property from one entity to another.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    I feel violated, too. Is there money in it for me??

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    A good history book on the 19th century experience of pioneer whites is the Michigan husband and wife team (both historians) titled, “A Fate Worse than Death.”

  • Sloppo

    I can understand why some people from the ethnic group described as “redskins” might be offended when a group of African men call themselves “redskins”. Similarly, I believe British people have good reason to be offended when black Africans who live in Britain call themselves “British”.

  • Standup Broad

    All “peoples” honor their worthy adversaries. Hence, we have no name such as “The Fierce French”. I will never forgive the U of South Dakota for dropping “The Fighting Sioux”.

    • MathFaithWorks

      What about Fiery Frogs?

      • Sloppo

        They could be the “Frogs of War” and their banner could be solid white.

        • MathFaithWorks

          How about a boiling pot symbol?

  • Gotsumpnferya

    Pretty soon the PC police will force teams using animals as mascots to stop , citing their hurt feelings .

    “Awwwwwwww I’m sorry Mr (insert mighty creature) , did we hurt your feelings?” .