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What the Redskins Controversy Is Really About
Frontpage ^ | 6/23/2014 | Mark Tapson

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 wouldn’t 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.” “It’s 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 don’t 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 can’t be persuaded, use the bureaucracy”:

In this case, executive officials declared that a private company doesn’t deserve the protection of the law: if the ruling survives an appeal in the courts, the federal government will stop prosecuting violations of the team’s 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 team’s 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 didn’t 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 team’s 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 word’s 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.

Let’s be real. The rancorous debate over the Redskins name has nothing to do with assuaging the hurt feelings of Obama’s “sizeable group of people.” It is about the expansion of government control. Progressives like Harry Reid don’t 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alinsky; identitypolitics; nfl; racism; redskins

1 posted on 06/23/2014 3:35:54 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

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.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 3:43:42 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child; markomalley

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.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 3:53:48 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: markomalley

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.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 4:01:47 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: All

Revolt is coming.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 4:08:57 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley

“The purpose of power is power.”
—George Orwell


6 posted on 06/23/2014 4:10:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: markomalley

ping


7 posted on 06/23/2014 4:12:18 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: markomalley

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.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 4:23:58 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

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!


9 posted on 06/23/2014 4:28:01 AM PDT by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: markomalley

Somewhere, somehow, this is about money.

It always is.


10 posted on 06/23/2014 4:43:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: markomalley

Should rename the team to the Washington Dictators...or move the team to Texas.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 5:25:08 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: marygam

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!


12 posted on 06/23/2014 5:42:39 AM PDT by ducks1944 (GOD Bless the USA .)
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To: markomalley
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 team’s billionaire owner to keep profiting off the denigration and dehumanization of Native Americans.”

"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.

13 posted on 06/23/2014 6:04:24 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: markomalley

Its sole purpose is to make LIBTARDS feel better about themselves.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 6:07:32 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: markomalley
“The issue is never the issue,” as Saul Alinsky used to state. “The issue is always the revolution.”

Ahh...hellary's mentor. Be forewarned America, be forewarned......

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 06/23/2014 6:12:11 AM PDT by nothingnew (Hemmer and MacCullum are the worst on FNC)
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To: markomalley

Give the Wshington Red Skins a more apt name... The Washington Kleptocrats


16 posted on 06/23/2014 6:16:53 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: markomalley
Change the name to the 'Washington Thinskins' like freeper coleo suggested. It would be such a great reminder of who liberal elites really are...
17 posted on 06/23/2014 7:16:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: markomalley
I don't understand why the American 'natives' get to use the name INDIAN anyway. The real Indians, from INDIA, should file a class action lawsuit.

The 'native' Americans should use a name that is more descriptive of their race.

Like.... oh I don't know... REDSKINS.

18 posted on 06/23/2014 7:49:58 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: JimRed

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 ?


19 posted on 06/23/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: markomalley

Shame!

Guilt!!

Control!!!


20 posted on 06/23/2014 9:07:16 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: markomalley; staytrue; teppe
Forced to do the right thing.

A MORMON has this certain mindset...

21 posted on 06/23/2014 9:08:35 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: markomalley


Choose
The
Right...



Or ELSE!!!

22 posted on 06/23/2014 9:10:31 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: UCANSEE2

Shorten to just REDS.

THAT should make a LOT of folks in Washington down right gleeful!


23 posted on 06/23/2014 9:12:16 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: UCANSEE2

And put McCarthy’s image on stuff!


24 posted on 06/23/2014 9:12:51 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: markomalley
I think there is another, more nefarious reason: the Obama Administration is playing favorites and forced the US Patent Office to issue this ruling as the first step in forcing Daniel Snyder to eventually sell the team to an Obama "crony."

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.

25 posted on 06/23/2014 12:21:04 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: markomalley; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

26 posted on 06/23/2014 12:55:59 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: markomalley
How long will it be before the Patent Office decides that it is in the national interest to cancel the patent for Rearden Metal?

How about rescinding trademark protection for McDonalds unless they pay up $1 billion for "the greater good" of the nation?

-PJ

27 posted on 06/23/2014 1:03:18 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Red Devils are the name of an Indian tribal high school football team in Washington state.


28 posted on 06/23/2014 1:09:36 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: RayChuang88

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.


29 posted on 06/23/2014 3:41:22 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: bert
Yup!

DEfinitely got red SKIN alright!>

30 posted on 06/23/2014 3:51:22 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Bigg Red

I don’t like your screen name and DEMAND that you change it!


31 posted on 06/23/2014 3:52:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

LOL! Which part offends you?


32 posted on 06/23/2014 3:54:17 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Elsie

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.

5.56mm


33 posted on 06/23/2014 4:01:23 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Biggirl
I have been hearing the same old thing for about the last 6 yrs. nothing has changed.people keep taking the same old grap.America is getting socialized.I never thought I would see this happen to America.....
34 posted on 06/23/2014 7:56:27 PM PDT by primrose (w)
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