Washington Redskins trademark revoked for being racist
Last week, the federal U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ended the trademark the Washington Redskins have for their name. The Patent and Trademark Office, among other critics, finds the Redskins’ name to be an offensive racial slur.
The Redskins have been under fire for their name for some time now. City Paper has avoided printing the team’s name as much as possible since October 2012, when the paper decided to refer to them as the “Pigskins.” Vox can’t understand why it’s so hard for the team to see the need to change the name. but Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is adamantly opposed to doing so.
Unfortunately, a cancelled trademark does not mean that the Redskins must change their name, but, at the very least, the Patent Office’s move puts pressure on the team.
According to the Post, the team can go right along selling as many t-shirts and hats with the name and logo as fans are willing to buy.
Federal law prevents any trademarks which “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.”
The team plans to appeal the decision. In the meantime, they may want to start thinking of a new name.
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