WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — “The writing is on the wall” for the Washington Redskins to change their name, said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who’s been insistent the team changes its perceived offensive name, on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, in the wake of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelling six federal trademarks held by the team.
Here’s an expanded version of Reid’s statement, obtained exclusively by 106.7 The Fan, prior to him issuing a similar statement on the Senate floor.
“There are 27 tribes in Nevada. This issue regarding the name ‘Redskins’ is so important to them. Every time they hear this name, it is a sad reminder of a long tradition of racism and bigotry. Daniel Snyder says this is about tradition. I ask: what tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.
The decision today by the Patent and Trademark Office makes one thing very clear. The writing is on the wall. It is on the wall in giant, blinking, neon lights. This name will change and justice will be done for the tribes in Nevada and across the nation who care so deeply about this issue.
Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing.”
“How long will the NFL continue to do nothing — zero — as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?” Reid said in April, prior to gathering support from 49 other U.S. Senators in his plight to get the name changed.
The Redskins, in May, solicited fans of the team to “Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you,” a social media campaign which made the organization the target of massive scrutiny on social media.
Earlier this week, Reid rejected an official invitation from Bruce Allen to attend a Redskins game this fall, calling its name a racial slur that disparages the American people.