Skip to comments.What the Redskins Controversy Is Really About
Posted on 06/23/2014 3:35:54 AM PDT by markomalley
Last week the controversy over the NFL Washington Redskins name, deemed offensive by the professionally aggrieved, reached a new peak when the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled six federal trademark registrations owned by the team.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who had previously blustered impotently that he wouldnt accept an invitation to attend a Redskins home game until the team changed its name (a threat which no doubt sent waves of panic through the Redskins organization), gloated that the ruling proved the handwriting is on the wall. Its only a matter of time, he tweeted, until [Redskins owner] Daniel Snyder is forced to do the right thing and change the name.
Forced to do the right thing. And there you have the totalitarian pr0gressive mindset in a nutshell: if people dont do the right thing by which the left means, of course, conform to their social justice agenda then they must be coerced by any means necessary.
The 2-1 decision by the Board does not mean that the team must stop using the name, but Robert Tracinski at The Federalist notes that the cancellation sets a terrifying precedent: This ruling happened precisely because the campaign against the Redskins has failed in the court of public opinion So the left resorted to one of its favorite fallbacks. If the people cant be persuaded, use the bureaucracy:
In this case, executive officials declared that a private company doesnt deserve the protection of the law: if the ruling survives an appeal in the courts, the federal government will stop prosecuting violations of the teams intellectual property rights, potentially costing it millions of dollars
[B]ureaucrats in Washington are now empowered to make subjective decrees about what is offensive and what will be tolerated, based on pressure from a small clique of Washington insiders. Anyone who runs afoul of these decrees, anyone branded as regressive and politically incorrect, is declared outside the protection of the federal government.
Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians executive director Jackie Pata, who call the Redskins name a hateful slur, hope that the patent ruling will imperil the ability of the teams billionaire owner to keep profiting off the denigration and dehumanization of Native Americans.
This is a ridiculous claim, since Snyder is profiting not from dehumanizing Native Americans but from the American love of football. But what Halbritter and Pata are trying to do in their statement is smear Snyder as a billionaire which, in these times of anti-wealth bigotry, is as despised a label as racist. Among the Occupy movement left, it is code for rapacious one-percenter who didnt build that, as multi-millionaire Elizabeth Warren might put it.
Barack Obama, who has a habit of injecting his personal opinion on topics that should be far beneath presidential concern, naturally spoke out in favor of jettisoning the teams name, which offends a sizable group of people, he said, who have real legitimate concerns.
Not that sizeable. Ten years ago a poll of American Indians found that 90% of Indians polled in 48 states found the name inoffensive. In a January 2014 poll, a broad majority of adults (83%) responded that the Washington Redskins should not change their nickname. Among football fans, that majority was even higher: 87%.
The Redskins have been in existence since 1933 (although not always in Washington, D.C.). Ever since then probably no one has used the word redskins to refer to anything other than that team. Indeed, David Plotz at the radical Slate admitted that the word has a relatively innocent history, that Native Americans themselves used the word as a descriptor and not an insult. He also conceded that the team name was chosen to honor Native American bravery. Another writer at Slate traced the words history and found it largely benign.
But time passes, Plotz wrote. Americans think differently about race and the language of race than we did 80 years ago. And so Slate proudly announced that they simply would not use the word anymore (Mother Jones and The New Republic followed suit). Changing the way we talk is not political correctness run amok, wrote Plotz. True, changing the way we talk is not PC run amok. It is the very intent of political correctness to manipulate language and thought to conform to the progressive agenda.
Lets be real. The rancorous debate over the Redskins name has nothing to do with assuaging the hurt feelings of Obamas sizeable group of people. It is about the expansion of government control. Progressives like Harry Reid dont truly care about Native American sensibilities any more than they care about health care for the uninsured. Both issues all issues for progressives are about acquiring and expanding power.
In short, the contemporary obsession with being offended is never truly about being offended. Claiming offense is a strategy of identity politics whereby a minority faction plays the victim card to further a broader agenda. The issue is never the issue, as Saul Alinsky used to state. The issue is always the revolution.
The Daily Caller, for example, listed twelve trademarks that the United States Patent and Trademark Office apparently finds less worthy of addressing than Redskins. Those trademarks include, among others, such brands as Uppity Negro, Dago Swag, Kraut Krap, and Figgas Over Niggas. The hypocrisy is blatant and almost hilarious. But the Washington Redskins make a more useful and visible political target.
If President Obama and his cohorts are eagerly searching to punish organizations with offensive names, perhaps they could turn their selective attention to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
A Freeper pointed out yesterday that all Dan Snyder really has to do here is launch a PR campaign aimed at documenting the sad, deplorable conditions on Indian reservations in Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada.
Back in the late 1980’s the Bureau of Indian Affairs “lost” $9 BILLION dollars that was supposed to go to the various tribes ... nothing ever came of the investigation ... Politicians have been stealing from the Indians since they first met them and nothing has changed.
A government that actively persecutes its citizens is not what you’d except to find in “a land of the free”, which we no longer are, but in a fascist or Stalinist proto-tyranny instead.
Revolt is coming.
“The purpose of power is power.”
It is a perfect straw man...Harry can knock down the Redskins, while not having to spend floor time debating Fast and Furious, VA, IRS etc.
Follow me on this. Anyone watching soccer World Cup? Well I’m not, it is not something that I usually care about-Soccer. Have you noticed the world wide take over of Soccer? Latin and European countries are and have been crazy over soccer for decades but Football does not translate to these countries. Ponder that for a moment. We have watched the systematic destruction of the game of football for the last decade. Head injuries leading to lawsuits(heck the use their heads in soccer) names of teams now will be subjected to change. Football players out of control financially I predict will be brought down to size...then destroyed because their game is not a “Global” one. Rush brought it out a few years ago saying they were feminizing football. (Pink accessories used) It just makes sense that the worldwide ELITES will destroy a once great game. I prefer College ball myself!
Somewhere, somehow, this is about money.
It always is.
Should rename the team to the Washington Dictators...or move the team to Texas.
Agree Rush has talk about this for years
.pink in football & men with pink shirts & etc. They want no men men anymore. Just WUSSY
..I’ll take cowboy and real man anyway. I did not watch soccer games. Its not football its they want the whole World to be alike. How many time have U heard officials say they do it all other country
.healthcare, 4 day workweeks, months of vacation times etc.??? Just like with schools they want all kids same.
God protect from R leader from DC to town hall all over USA!
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well." - Booker T. Washington
Substitute the word Indians for colored and negro, and it is as pertinent to this nonsense as it is to the Sharpton-Jackson charlatans of today. Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians executive director Jackie Pata are the injun version of Sharpie and the Rev'rund.
Its sole purpose is to make LIBTARDS feel better about themselves.
Ahh...hellary's mentor. Be forewarned America, be forewarned......
Give the Wshington Red Skins a more apt name... The Washington Kleptocrats
The 'native' Americans should use a name that is more descriptive of their race.
Like.... oh I don't know... REDSKINS.
Why is it OK to call negroes ‘BLACK’ based on their SKIN COLOR, but NOT OK to call the natives ‘REDSKINS’ based on their ‘red’ skin color ?
A MORMON has this certain mindset...
Shorten to just REDS.
THAT should make a LOT of folks in Washington down right gleeful!
And put McCarthy’s image on stuff!
We're forgetting that the cost of changing the name and logo of the team--that means finding the new name, designing the new logo, replacing all the names and logos at the team's practice facility and at FedEx Field, and ESPECIALLY producing all-new merchandise for the team--could run as high as US$300 million. That's 1/4 the net worth of Snyder, and I don't think Snyder wants to part with 1/4 his net worth just to please the politically correct crowd. As such, this forces the sale of the team to a financially well-endowed Obama "crony" who can afford to foot the bill for the name and logo change.
Maryland "Freak State" PING!
How about rescinding trademark protection for McDonalds unless they pay up $1 billion for "the greater good" of the nation?
The Red Devils are the name of an Indian tribal high school football team in Washington state.
You are probably right.
In addition, the Soros Administration gets to display a naked power grab here. It bothers me that the concept of private property is being totally subverted here. But I suppose they are just setting us up for the new America where the hordes of illegals will just take whatever they want from us, and we will have no legal recourse
That said, I have a hard time feeling sorry for the NFL, given the increasingly disgusting displays they have inflicted upon their fans during the Super Bowl halftime shows. They seem determined to smear their filth in the collective face of decent Americans.
DEfinitely got red SKIN alright!>
I don’t like your screen name and DEMAND that you change it!
LOL! Which part offends you?
You and I have been here a long time, and I like you, but you have to change your screen name because I’m trying to become a vegetarian.