Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive
CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/09/2014 | Lisa Desjardins

Posted on 01/09/2014 7:31:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians."

The agency cited five definitions from online dictionaries - from The Oxford Dictionary to Yahoo – that labeled the word as offensive or disparaging. In addition the agency pointed to news articles about Native American challenges to the Redskins name, including the policy of the National Congress of American Indians, which officially refers to the team as the "R*dskins" or "R Word".

The Redskins' senior vice president for communications, Tony Wyllie, told CNN the team is not commenting on the decision.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; federalism; nannystate; obamunism; patentoffice; politicalcorrectness; redskins; revisionisthistory; therword; thoughtcrime; trademark; washington

1 posted on 01/09/2014 7:31:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Red's Kins. Find a guy named Red and ask him for a family photo. Washington Red’sKins remains.
2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:02 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
The Washington Bureaucrats would be even more offensive.
3 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:09 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!; GeronL
Does this mean that the team NAME Redskins is no longer trademarked either? Or did the gubmint “screw up”?

A litmus test is being applied that is subjective and contradictory.

4 posted on 01/09/2014 7:34:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Thank God the US Patent and Trademark Office has become a judge of the suitability of football teams’ names and an arbiter of political correctness, because, I mean, its really important that they do so

/s


5 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:02 AM PST by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The Entire Obama administration is offensive.

How do we get them banished?


6 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:04 AM PST by G Larry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I think the Patriot Act is offensive. Nothing patriotic about it.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:49 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: G Larry

The Entire Obama administration is offensive.

How do we get them banished?

________________________________

We lost our chance in 2012 when Conservatives stayed home.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Join me in uttering one gigantic WHATEVER.........followed by a resounding WHO CARES!


9 posted on 01/09/2014 7:36:22 AM PST by TangledUpInBlue (I have no home. I'm the wind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeStatement; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
< /Red's kins >
10 posted on 01/09/2014 7:36:28 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise

Gingerbread men are sexist and offensive! /sarc.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 7:37:48 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
since when has being offensive been a CRIME?

why isnt miley cyrus in JAIL.

the TRADEMARK office is no the arbiter of Offensive Concepts???

why havent I been sued for making FUN of PAJAMA BOY??


12 posted on 01/09/2014 7:40:05 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The list of offensive team names is going to get very large.

The fighting Irish?
The Illini?
The Celtics?
The Yankees?
The Patriots?

This is a fun game.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 7:40:18 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The term “Cowboys” is offensive to some, so that should be banned as well. And wouldn’t people conquered by the Vikings find that term offensive?


14 posted on 01/09/2014 7:44:03 AM PST by khenrich (These days, people pine for Jimmy Carter........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: khenrich; GeronL
Major League Baseball prohibited the smoking gun logo of the Colt 45s (became the Astros) when they gave away retro-jerseys a few years back.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 7:47:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: brownsfan

The Browns

The Indians ( They’re native Americans you idiots )

The Pirates ( they’re killing us in Somalia )

The Padres (Why no Imams?)


16 posted on 01/09/2014 7:52:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Henceforth "Redskin Peanuts" are to be identified as "Spanish Style Peanuts With A Red Hue".


17 posted on 01/09/2014 7:56:49 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Ugh the Browns... they’re just plain old offensive.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 7:57:59 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive

Among your Constitutional rights I can not find one that says you have the right to not be offended. Get over it!

19 posted on 01/09/2014 8:04:08 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeStatement
Find a guy named Red and ask him for a family photo.

If I posted a family photo here Mrs. JimRed would be upset to no end.

20 posted on 01/09/2014 8:06:15 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

and some government agencies and bureaucraps are offensive, too


21 posted on 01/09/2014 8:22:46 AM PST by faithhopecharity (no)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The “Federal Government” is far more offensive than any other epithet could ever be.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 8:40:55 AM PST by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

There goes my Redskin potato salad.

Oh, the huge manatee!!!


23 posted on 01/09/2014 8:56:06 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson