Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (Courtesy of the Atlantic.com)
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A federal judge ruled Wednesday against the Washington Redskins in the ongoing battle over the team's name, ordering the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the name because it may "disparage" Native Americans.
Since 1992, Native Americans have waged an unrelenting protest campaign against the name "Redskins," which they insist is a dictionary-defined racial slur. And the team’s achievements on the field recently have gone from bad to worse because, some folks say, they have “bad karma.”
There is one name in NFL circles — not that of a player, however — which has been around far too long.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal Washington Redskins trademark registrations, deeming the team name "disparaging to Native Americans."
If racial slurs are a significant part of your football tradition, you need to change that tradition — immediately.
U.S. Senators Claim Racism, Urge Change
For some in the Native American community and at least 50 Democratic senators, the Redskins' moniker should be banned. It's racist, they said, and many have even labeled the team's name as taboo, one they've refused to verbalize.