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Saturday, October 23, 2010

343. Shameful Football Monikers

In 2009, The US Supreme Court let stand a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington that the native Americans had waited too long to bring their challenge to the Washington Redskins trademark, and thus forfeited any right to sue.

The term "redskins" is now, and always has been, a derogatory and offensive term, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the National Congress of American Indians and other major native American tribes and groups.

"The organizations and Indian tribes stand together to express with one voice their collective opinion on the fundamental fact underlying this case: the 'Redskins' trademark is disparaging to native Americans and perpetuates a centuries-old stereotype of native Americans as 'blood-thirsty savages,' 'noble warriors,' and an ethnic group 'frozen in history.' "

Here, here.

(tags:  DC, Entertainment, Football, NFL, Racism, Redskins, Sports, Washington, Indians, Supreme Court, Politics)