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Supreme Court refuses to hear Redskins' naming case
The Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2009 | Robert Barnes

Posted on 11/16/2009 8:14:49 AM PST by GoldStandard

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a lawsuit on behalf of Native American activists who claimed that the Washington Redskins' team name is so offensive that it does not deserve trademark protection.

The court without comment refused to get involved in the long-running dispute. The decision essentially lets stand a lower court ruling that the activists waited too long to bring the challenge.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: football; nfl; redskins; sports; washingtonredskins

1 posted on 11/16/2009 8:14:52 AM PST by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

Hail to the Redskins!


2 posted on 11/16/2009 8:16:30 AM PST by Salo
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To: GoldStandard

These indian name law suits are soooooooooooooo stupid, what a waste of time and money.


3 posted on 11/16/2009 8:19:28 AM PST by svcw (The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. GW)
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To: Salo

Finally! Something I agree with Dan Snyder on!


4 posted on 11/16/2009 8:19:54 AM PST by jyoders19
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To: Salo

Too bad.They could have changed the name to the Doormats!


5 posted on 11/16/2009 8:20:17 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: GoldStandard

The plaintiffs should have settled with the Redskins long ago. At least they would have gotten some beads and trinkets for their trouble.


6 posted on 11/16/2009 8:20:56 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: GoldStandard

Wait, when did “offensive” become a reason for denying trademark protection?


7 posted on 11/16/2009 8:21:14 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (My country, right or wrong. But BOY...!)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Victories are so few and far between for us I am reduced to cheering for this....


8 posted on 11/16/2009 8:23:06 AM PST by Salo
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To: svcw

The name ‘Redskins’ was chosen in the early 1930s by the original owner George Preston Marshall who was a noted racist so they do have some history on their side. It’s still silly to get worked up over this.


9 posted on 11/16/2009 8:24:36 AM PST by Borges
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To: GoldStandard

Sanity wins one every now and then.


10 posted on 11/16/2009 8:25:41 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Borges
The name ‘Redskins’ was chosen in the early 1930s by the original owner George Preston Marshall who was a noted racist so they do have some history on their side. It’s still silly to get worked up over this.

That makes no sense whatsover. If he hated Indians why would he name them the "Redskins"? That's like saying a person who hates blacks would call their team the "Coons". Why would you name your own team after something you supposedly despise?

11 posted on 11/16/2009 8:27:26 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: raybbr

I don’t know why he chose the name but ever heard of Blackface? Minstrelsy?


12 posted on 11/16/2009 8:30:21 AM PST by Borges
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To: GoldStandard

If the Native Americans are going to file a case against the Redskins, I as a white male am going to file a case against Cracker Barrel.


13 posted on 11/16/2009 8:30:21 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: Dewey Revoltnow
...I as a white male am going to file a case against Cracker Barrel.

And the Partiots. And Vikings. And Brewers. And Dodgers. And Mariners. And Texans. And 76er. And...

14 posted on 11/16/2009 8:34:46 AM PST by TankerKC (You need to lock it up, Major...)
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To: Salo

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath
Fight for old D.C.!

Run or pass and score
We want a lot more
Beat ‘em, swamp ‘em, touchdown
Let the points soar
Fight on, fight on ‘
Till you have won Sons of Washington!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath
Fight for old D.C.!


Wonder if they will go after the song next? It has already been revised once.

http://espn.go.com/page2/wash/s/closer/020315.html

“...Where today’s song cheers fans to “Fight for old D.C.!” the original version’s “Fight for old Dixie!” played directly to the fans’ Southern identity. ****And while the Redskins still use a racial slur for their team name****, some words in the original fight song didn’t do much to deflect accusations of racism. Where the song now says, “Beat ‘em, swamp ‘em, touchdown! — Let the points soar!” it once went, “Scalp ‘em, swamp ‘em — We will take ‘em big score / Read ‘em, weep ‘em, touchdown! — We want heap more!” The lyrics were subsequently cleaned up in the ‘60s, after Marshall’s Redskins were, notoriously in 1962, the last pro team to integrate....”

***Racial slur, LMAO!!!********


15 posted on 11/16/2009 8:38:58 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Borges
I don’t know why he chose the name but ever heard of Blackface? Minstrelsy?

As the name of a team? No. In fact, that's the first time I have ever seen the word "minstrelsy". That really doesn't answer my question.

16 posted on 11/16/2009 8:41:03 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: raybbr

I’m not really ascribing much logic to this but just pointing out that these Activists probably noted this in this argument.


17 posted on 11/16/2009 8:42:25 AM PST by Borges
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To: GoldStandard

The Redskins have offended me for over 25 years. Most of it from living there for 20 years and having to listen to George Michael interview Sonny(the most conceded former football player of all time)Jurgensen a million times about anything Redskins.


18 posted on 11/16/2009 8:45:31 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Borges

Here’s the test. Does the name Redskins harm the image of Native Americans in the U.S.? No. End of story.

Is there anyone alive who can say they think less of the Native Americans due to being exposed to this team name?

The name Braves, is actually an honorable name. If anything it represents the image of a strong vibrant Native American youth. Native Americans should be honored to have a team think enough of the name to use it. It obviously sounded like a positive name to the team when they selected it. Isn’t that a compliment rather than a slam?

Some of these suits make me wonder how someone could be this thin skinned, and out of touch with reality.


19 posted on 11/16/2009 8:54:32 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Unseal the lock box containing every document pertaining to Obama's life, TODAY!)
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To: svcw

In the little town of 3,000 where I live, the mascot name of the high school is THE SAVAGES, with an indian head as its symbol.

Well, about 10-years ago some idiot driving through town on vacation took offence and with the aid of some A-hole legal group filed a lawsuit against the city and because the town isn’t particullarly well off the school dropped the indian logo. So the school is still the Savages, they just can’t use an indian as a mascot.

I always laugh at the whole stupidity; the local reservation folks had no problem with the name and logo, and given the amount of crime and alcoholism on the res., the school logo was one of the more positive characterizations of “native americans”. (Now I’m in heap big trouble).


20 posted on 11/16/2009 8:55:05 AM PST by Cuttnhorse ("Peace" is that brief, glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading. (Anon))
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To: Borges

It seemed as though you were defending their case. If I misinterpreted than I apologize.


21 posted on 11/16/2009 8:58:21 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: raybbr

Not at all. The only case of this sort that I have some sympathy for is the Cleveland Indians mascot which is truly an offensive caricature.


22 posted on 11/16/2009 9:02:16 AM PST by Borges
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To: GoldStandard

23 posted on 11/16/2009 9:24:35 AM PST by SolidRedState (Someone finally found a spine and it is attached to an Alaskan Governor!)
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To: Cuttnhorse

So the school is still the Savages, they just can’t use an indian as a mascot.

They should approach a particular talk show host about using his likeness. That will REALLY drive the libs over the edge.


24 posted on 11/16/2009 9:55:37 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Borges
From this story:

The team, founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves, was renamed in 1933 the Boston Redskins in honor of its American Indian head coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz. The team moved to the District of Columbia in 1937 and was renamed the Washington Redskins.

25 posted on 11/16/2009 12:28:16 PM PST by weef
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