Democratic Va. State Senator Chap Petersen felt like he was “living in George Orwell land” when he learned of the trademark ruling against the Redskins name, he said of the decision prompting him to form the “Redskins Pride Caucus” to politically defend the name.
Though the academic year has come to an end, a racially charged controversy continues for a high school newspaper refusing to print ‘Redskins’.
For some, initiating the Redskins name controversy seems to be more of a birthright than for others. Here are the Top 5 players keeping the discussion alive.
Jon Stewart ripped the Redskins and Dan Snyder for not changing the team’s name, then blasted Thanksgiving and American history for celebrating the exploitation of Native Americans.
The company most associated with the Washington Redskins is keeping its distance from the debate over the team’s name in the aftermath of a trademark ruling that found the name to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.
Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum published a letter Thursday sent to Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, pleading for him to be the first NFL team owner to take a stand against the Redskins team name.
Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said canceling Redskins trademarks ‘should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech.’
It’s the opinion of Redskins trademark attorney Bob Raskopf that the Redskins actually fared “better” in the most recent ruling cancelling their federal trademark protections, and when the appeal process is over, “we’re gonna win just like we did last time.”
The news of the Redskins losing their six federal trademarks came in fast and furious Wednesday, and was overwhelming to some, like one female Redskins fans who says she sat in her car and cried upon learning of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s ruling.
Taxpayer resources cannot be used to help private companies profit off the promotion of dictionary defined racial slurs, is the position of the Oneida Indian Nation in a press release issued in the wake of the ruling revoking the Redskins six federal trademarks.