Declaring that the team’s name is disparaging, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office canceled six of their federal trademark registrations, but contrary to what people think, this doesn’t mean the team has to change its name.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is supposedly a lawyer, also seems to think anyone can now make and sell Redskins’ gear with impunity, but I guess he forgot about common law rights, state statutes, and the fact that the team can appeal the ruling, and the Patent Office’s decision isn’t final until those appeals are exhausted.
Then again, he’s right that the writing is on the wall, and once the government declares you an enemy, it’s just a matter of time before they wear you down and take what they want. Just ask the original redskins.
And speaking of them, I just hope they appreciate all the care and concern white liberals have shown to go after this sports team.
Sure this doesn’t do anything about the fact that Native Americans are the country’s poorest minority, have the highest student drop-out rate, and one in three third live in utter poverty, but I’m sure they’ll get to those problems next.