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Seattle Times: We won't use Redskins name in our newspaper
CBS Sports ^ | June 19, 2014 10:47 am ET | Josh Katzowitz

Posted on 06/19/2014 8:41:15 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom

The Redskins got a flurry of bad news Wednesday when the U.S. Patent Office canceled the team's trademark registration, because the team name is “disparaging to Native Americans." Basically, it means that the team could lose its federally trademarked protections and could hasten the franchise to change the name, depending on how much pressure the rest of the league puts on Washington for a potential loss of revenue.

While Miami University, now the RedHawks but formerly known as the Redskins, tried to offer some advice on Wednesday, the sports editor of the Seattle Times, Don Shelton, is taking a more drastic step.

The newspaper, in effect, won't allow the Redskins name to grace its pages any longer.

Why exactly?

"It's time to ban the use of 'Redskins,' the absurd, offensive and outdated name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C.," Shelton wrote. "Past time, actually ... We're banning the name for one reason: It's offensive. Far from honoring Native Americans, the term colors an entire race. Many Native Americans consider it an outdated label placed on their people."

The Times isn't the first influential media outlet to take these steps. TheMMQB.com doesn't use the term and neither do the Kansas City Star, the Oregonian, the Orange County Register and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Shelton explained that when he was hired as sports editor five years ago, he convinced himself that a decision that had been made 15 years earlier to minimize the use of the name was good enough. According to Shelton, the Times' policy was to allow the Redskins name once per article and not to use it in headlines or photo captions.

But that stance is no longer appropriate in the eyes of Shelton, who ends his piece writing that he's happy for readers to express their opinions. Yet ...

"Still, your feedback won't change our decision," Shelton wrote. "Some things are too important to be put to a vote."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; nfl; redskins
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1 posted on 06/19/2014 8:41:15 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom
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To: ConservingFreedom
Some things are too important to be put to a vote.

A recurring theme.

2 posted on 06/19/2014 8:42:28 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: ConservingFreedom
as goes Seattle ......so go San Francisco ...Denver... Boston and Berkeley!!

Strike that I dont think Berkeley has a newspaper.....
3 posted on 06/19/2014 8:43:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: wideawake

I can’t believe any American would utter such non-sense of a statement.

Good Grief.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 8:43:31 AM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (I don't even know what to say anymore..)
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To: ConservingFreedom

The Mpls Star Tribune adopted this groupthink some years back.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 8:44:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: ConservingFreedom
Maybe they could refer to them as


6 posted on 06/19/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: ConservingFreedom

I wonder what Chief Seattle would have thought of that?


7 posted on 06/19/2014 8:45:49 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: ConservingFreedom

We won’t buy your newspaper.

;-p


8 posted on 06/19/2014 8:46:02 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: ConservingFreedom

this just in

their BLOG....is taking COMMENTS on the matter...

Reader Discretion Advised:

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/take2/2014/06/18/why-were-banning-the-redskins-nickname-in-the-seattle-times/


9 posted on 06/19/2014 8:46:28 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: dragonblustar

Excellent!!!

You know your history!


10 posted on 06/19/2014 8:47:19 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: ConservingFreedom

I’m changing my name to Jonny Redskin.


11 posted on 06/19/2014 8:47:38 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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“Hey BOYS..Don Shelton here...lookie over here at how progressive I am!”

Meanwhile the City of Seattle sends out emails to every employee offering discounts to go see the Book of Mormon every time it is playing on a stage in town.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 8:48:06 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Banned the use of “Seattle”.

American Indian Place Names in Washington State
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/03/1198899/-American-Indian-Place-Names-in-Washington-State

And all of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_place_names_in_the_United_States_of_Native_American_origin


13 posted on 06/19/2014 8:48:24 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: ConservingFreedom

Time for all legacy media to be put on death watch...also all jock-sniffer sports hacks who secretly long to be political pundits.


14 posted on 06/19/2014 8:48:40 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Good grief is right.

As I recall, the Kansas City football team is the Chiefs, or at least it was when I lived there many years ago, yet the Kansas City Star is not going to use the name Redskins?

I see no one in the press is objecting to the Green Bay Packers. Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall when they first named their team.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 8:49:00 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: dragonblustar
I wonder what Chief Seattle would have thought of that?

Wouldn't want this liberal rag named after me.

16 posted on 06/19/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: cuban leaf
got to be RED!!


17 posted on 06/19/2014 8:49:54 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: ConservingFreedom

The “Washington Lobbyists” or “Washington Cronies”

or “Washington Thieves”


18 posted on 06/19/2014 8:50:25 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: MeshugeMikey
From the comment board...

Elizabeth Warren was unavailable for comment.

My personal favorite.

19 posted on 06/19/2014 8:50:27 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: wideawake

Especially with liberals. They literally believe that the average person is too stupid to be trusted to run their own lives. Those people tend to vote Rat.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 8:50:42 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

They do realize that newspapers are dying, right?


21 posted on 06/19/2014 8:50:42 AM PDT by matt04
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To: ConservingFreedom

So what and who cares?


22 posted on 06/19/2014 8:51:17 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: MeshugeMikey

HAHAHA! That’s it! The new “Team that was formerly called the Redskins” name!


23 posted on 06/19/2014 8:51:26 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: GraceG

I just call them the “Reds” for short.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 8:51:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservingFreedom

That’s okay. I’ve been boycotting all newspapers for years. By the time a newspaper is delivered to you it is history, If I want to read history; I’ll read a book. If I want news, I’ll turn on the radio or check the internet.


25 posted on 06/19/2014 8:52:20 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: ConservingFreedom

DNC email system, SMS text messaging, and fax machines went into overdrive to go after the Redskins.


26 posted on 06/19/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: ConservingFreedom

What about the cleveland indians’ big-nosed mascot Indian? Maybe the LIB asshats should ban all words...just so no one is offend...just to be safe. What complete FAILs.


27 posted on 06/19/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: TADSLOS

ahahaha NOT BAD!!!!


28 posted on 06/19/2014 8:53:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: ConservingFreedom

At least here in Dallas, of all places, the media still uses the term “Redskins.”


29 posted on 06/19/2014 8:53:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GraceG

Washington Reagans, Washington Gippers, or my favorite, the Washington Crusaders.


30 posted on 06/19/2014 8:53:55 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: GraceG

another FREEPER suggested The Washington Bolsheviks


31 posted on 06/19/2014 8:54:02 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Birds of prey don’t appreciate the Seahawks using a reference to them.


32 posted on 06/19/2014 8:54:53 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: ConservingFreedom
The precedent has been set: If your state, county, city, business, or sports team has a name that has any connection to a native language or tribe identification, the federal government will force you to change it. So for Seattle, quit being hypocrites, and change your name you bigots and native haters.
33 posted on 06/19/2014 8:55:19 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: ConservingFreedom
I am sure that all of their 10 readers will be impressed.

They are probably trying to establish their politically correct credentials since they know their are about to lose their jobs due to lack of readership and think this will help them in their job search.

34 posted on 06/19/2014 8:55:47 AM PDT by detective
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To: ConservingFreedom

I guess I won’t use your name anymore, then ... either ... LOL ...


35 posted on 06/19/2014 8:56:36 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Trademarks and copyrighted material are intellectual property, and the means by which this property was stripped from the Washington Redskins management corporation is very close to violating the Fourth Amendment. No warrant was ever issued, and the seizure was simply a unilateral deprivation of intellectual rights to a specific logo, and an established and recognizable brand.

And who says “all Native Americans” are up in arms about the use of the term “Redskins”? Political correctness is just another club handed to the “regulators” in our society who do nothing to improve the tone of conversation, and are an attempt by the (very small) minority to impose its will on the majority, employing very draconian measures that are altogether disproportionate to the “harm” inflicted.


36 posted on 06/19/2014 8:56:54 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Well I don’t think they should advertise Ritz crackers then either. I find that offensive. As a matter of fact, I’ll call it the “C” word from now on.


37 posted on 06/19/2014 8:57:23 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: ConservingFreedom

(facepalm)...and Starbuck(s) is a name synonymous with one who is responsible for the deaths of 10’s of thousands of innocent cylon women and children...


38 posted on 06/19/2014 8:57:41 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Can the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame be far behind?


39 posted on 06/19/2014 9:00:33 AM PDT by BlueYonder
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To: ConservingFreedom

Have these people gone insane.

I am betting that normal lofos will see this for what it actually is massive over reach by radicals who are living in some weird alternate reality than the rest of the country.

Hopefully this will wake up some voters who have not been paying attention and start a backlash


40 posted on 06/19/2014 9:01:17 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: dfwgator

We’ve got a lot of “redskins” here in Oklahoma ...

Is that Seattle paper not going to use “Oklahoma” anymore in print?

Oklahoma’s state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people”!


41 posted on 06/19/2014 9:01:19 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: ConservingFreedom

My ongoing unintentional boycott of the Seattle Times just got intentional!


42 posted on 06/19/2014 9:02:04 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Star Traveler

Will they force the Saints to change their name, because it’s offensive to Non-Catholics?


43 posted on 06/19/2014 9:02:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservingFreedom

I understand that they were going to rename the team “Washington Foreskins”, but didn’t want to confuse the team with Congress and some federal agencies.


44 posted on 06/19/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: MeshugeMikey

The Washington Weasels


45 posted on 06/19/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: GraceG
Or the "Washington Fightin' Whities"!


46 posted on 06/19/2014 9:05:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Between 1958 and 1961 Communist China had a “great leap forward” where the ruling class attempted to change thousands of years of culture. It failed, but only after millions died.

I believe we are currently living our own “great leap forward”. In the end, this will also fail, the only question is how many Americans die before the left is forced to back down?


47 posted on 06/19/2014 9:05:39 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Perhaps Mr. Snyder should change the name of the team to the D.C. Fascists and put a profile of Harry Reid on one side of the Helmet and Obama on the other.


48 posted on 06/19/2014 9:06:31 AM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Oh Crap!)
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To: reg45

a very VERY APT Name indeed!!

The Washington Jihadists ....


49 posted on 06/19/2014 9:06:45 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: ConservingFreedom
” Miami University, now the RedHawks but formerly known as the Redskins.....”

Redhawks?! That's a .44 magnum revolver. Boycott them for promoting gun violence!

50 posted on 06/19/2014 9:06:50 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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