Monday, November 16, 2009

Court Won't Hear Complaint About Redskins

In a 17-year court battle between the Redskins and a group of American Indians the Supreme Court turned away an appeal that claims the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins football team is offensive. None of the judges has commented on whether the Redskins name is offensive or racist, instead holding in favor of the football team on the legal technicality that the suit was filed decades after the first Redskins trademark was issued in 1967.

In case will not end with this decision though. A group of six American Indians ranging in age from 18 to 24 filed essentially the same claim two years ago.

It's my belief that the team's name has been around so long that the racially insensitive moniker of Redskin has lost it's ugliness. Think of this though. If the team was coming into existence today and tried to lobby the NFL to let them use the name Washington Redskins the team would be run out of town on a rail! It's time to let this one go... It's just embarrassing now!

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