Leftists complained that the name “Washington Redskins” was racist and marginalized Native Americans. It got to the point the federal government actually refused to register the team’s trademarks.
A similar case has just been ruled on by the Supreme Court. An Asian-American band called “The Slants” had been refused a trademark for their name and sued in support of their First Amendment Right.
In a letter to a federal appeals court, the Department of Justice said last week’s Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of the band calling itself The Slants means the NFL team will prevail in a legal battle to cancel the team’s trademarks because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder said he was “thrilled” by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Lawyer Lisa Blatt said it resolves the team’s dispute and vindicated its position. Snyder has stood by his decision not to change the name despite intense public pressure, saying that now, as in the past, the name represents honor, respect and pride for Native Americans.
More Native Americans actually came out in support of the Redskins name than those who opposed it. The majority of the complaints were from white leftists pushing their political correct agenda on the rest of America.
Conservative Post reports:
For many months now, maybe even years, the left has slammed the Washington Redskins for their name, trying to claim it was politically incorrect and should be changed.
It got to the point that the when the team went to re-register their trademarks, the federal government refused. That’s when the court battles began. But since the Supreme Court recently decided a case in which a band called ‘The Slants’ could indeed use that name since it was part of the First Amendment Right, things have changed for the Redskins, as the the Associated Press reports.