By Mick Dumdell
Mick Dumdell here, on the front lines of the War On Racism! What a victory I have to report! Another symbol of our racist past has just bitten the dust! Bye-Bye Redskins! The Star Tribune reports:
Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration, finds name may be disparaging
By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press JULY 8, 2015 — 9:35AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.
In his 70-page ruling, Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes — the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark.
The team had sued to overturn a ruling against it by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The team argued that cancellation of its trademark infringed on its free-speech rights because it required the government to judge whether the name is offensive.
The organization can appeal.
How wonderful it is to see our government take proactive steps to clean up our history and our racist past! I will write more as this develops!
Yours very truly,
Mick “Spin” Dumdell