The pressure to have Washington NFL Team Change Its Racist Name Continues
WASHINGTON — The Washington National Football League team lost a large battle today, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 when a federal judge upheld the last year’s Trademark and Appeal Board’s decision the was deemed derogatory and disparaging to American Indians and is ineligible for trademark registration.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee upheld the June 2014 ruling.
In his ruling, Judge Lee rejected the team’s argument that the vast majority of American Indians had no objection to the name when the trademarks were granted between 1967 and 1990.
Judge Lee went as far as to question why the team ever chose the name. He pointed out that Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defined the word as “often contemptuous” back in 1898: “Seventy years prior to the registration of the first Redsk*ns Mark.”
The team’s president Bruce Allen said the team will appeal the ruling.