Trademark agency correct to go after racist NFL team nickname

06/19/2014 10:52 AM

06/19/2014 10:52 AM

Finally a positive step has occurred to get the Washington, D.C., football team to drop its racist nickname.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday canceled the trademark registration of the “Redskins” nickname for the NFL team. The agency, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, found the name “disparaging,” The New York Times reports.

The team owner and many others have resisted changing the name in the past. The owner said he planned to appeal the decision, which will enable the franchise to keep the offensive name until a decision is reached.

It’s not the first time the issue has come up and been shot down.

Many Native American groups have applauded the decision by the trademark board. Eventually, the rest of America will have to come around and realize that offensive terms against any racial group have no place in sports or elsewhere.

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