Skip to comments.We're All Redskins Now
Posted on 06/23/2014 7:57:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Conservatives should be disabused of any notion that the recent revocation of the Redskins trademark by the US Patent Office had anything at all to do with the disparagement of Native Americans, real or perceived.
On the contrary, the exercise in political correctness is not about aggrieved Native Americans. Its about the power to redistribute wealth and to eliminate private property. Essentially, the Left has declared that no persons or companys trademark (or patent) is safe. Get together a group of lawyers who are experts in victimization and who have access to some aggrieved group, find a trademark name -- or even an invention -- offensive and go at it. Now everyone can have a chunk of the Redskins franchise. Its been equitably redistributed among the masses -- if any of the proletariat actually wants to risk being called racist.
It should be noted the real issue for the Left is not that the Redskins trademark is egregiously offensive. The real issue is about the power to control any entity that will not adhere to the current politically correct commandments. It is about targeting anyone who has bad, bad thoughts. For instance, companies with perfectly innocuous trademark names like Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby have as their CEOs people who think, according to liberals, disparaging thoughts. Therefore, those companies also should be driven out of business and their CEOs turned out to beg on the streets or forced to enter thought reform classes.
The contrived controversy over the term Redskin indicates the devolution of the law into linguistic analysis. Somewhere, everywhere, there is a Stasi-like human being in the IRS or the NSA who is poring over every word any given person is saying. Actual transgression of or actual guilt before the law?
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I live in Washington. Have done my whole life. I have never been a Redskins fan. THIS has made me a Redskins fan.
When they stop blackmailing politicians for taxpayer money, then I might consider being a fan. Until then, I don’t care if they call themselves the Potato Skins.
When did this brouhaha about the team’s name start anyway?
For DECADES nobody even thought about it and now suddenly in 2014, it becomes a big issue? WHY?
I’ve lived and worked in the DC Metro area on and off for the past 25 years. It’s been an issue for as long as I’ve been here, usually on the back burner, occasionally rising to the top.
I think the reason you’re seeing such a groundswell now is quite simple: The powers that be that have agitated for a very long time sense victory. They’ve used social media and other alternative communications forums to keep the issue alive and, times being what they are, finally gotten enough people to buy in and they see the endgame in sight and are really pushing it hard.
” disparagement” -”diminuation of esteem or standing.”
Webster DEFINES “DISPARAGE”
“[OF](from the) French ‘disparagier’
“to marry unequally”
thus “disparage” refers to social ranking in a class society such as France or England monarchial eras or of UK today “e.g. “commoners” marrying nobility.
Webster also defines it as “
“To lower in rank or estimation by actions or words;”
But the USA has no nobility class ranking-
But the First Amendment trumps this ruling beause it is “WORDS” and I do not think previously for 230 years “redskins” as an ‘illegal word”. Besides we threw the class society British out.
This Court is attacking the First Amendment-
This Court has to go out the door.
I hereby disparage this Court
-I call them the Black Robed Bastards.
There fixed it.
NONE OF THESE BOOKS EVER RECEIVED CANCELLATIONS OF THEIR COPYRIGHTS since 1875:
“Redskins and Colonists: Or, A Boy’s Adventures in the Early Days of Virginia” By George Alfred Henty
1905 Hurst & Co.
“Redskin and Cowboy” By G A Henty, 1891 Charles Scribner & Sons
George Alfred Henty (1832-1902) was a correspondent, and Imperialist born in Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, England
“Home as found. The chainbearers. The Redskins”
By James Fenimore Cooper, 1891, P.F. Collier, p.610
“Among the Redskins Or Over the Rocky Mountains”
W. H. G. Kingston 1891
“Dick Onslow Or The Adventures of Dick Onslow Among the Redskins”
H. G. W. Kingston, W. H. G. Kingston
IndyPublish.com, Oct 1, 2007
Title “Lady Redskins Basketball”
Author Robert R. Hindenach
Publisher R. Hindenach
Length 94 pages
Subjects Basketball for women
Paw Paw (Mich.)
“Paw Paw Redskins Men’s Basketball, from 1905 to 2000”
R.R. Hindenach, 2000
“The fur traders of the West, or, Adventures among the redskins”
Ernest Richard Suffling - 1896
“Sheboygan Redskins: Sheboygan Redskins Coaches, Sheboygan Redskins Players,
Sheboygan Red Skins, Bobby Mcdermott, Max Morris, Buddy Jeannette”
General Books LLC, 2010
“Collision Course: The History of Belding Redskins Football, ...”
John Raffel, ?Darrin Clark, ?John Frizzo - 1996
“The Black Panther; Or, a Boy’s Adventures Among the Redskins” -[before 1923]
“On Trail with the Redskins: James Evans, Friend of the ...”
Mary Entwhistle -
Evans Migrated From England To Quebec To Work As A Schoolmaster Before Becoming Itinerant Minister To The Ojibway.
“The Pale-face Redskins”
Little, Brown and Company, 1968 - Boy Scouts
“Redskins at the Zoo”: Sioux Indians in Budapest, 1886”
Miklós Létay - 1987
Title “Little Redskins”
Issue 1875 of Little mother stories
May G. Quigley collection
Author M. M. Jamieson
Publisher Ernest Nister, 19??
Length 56 pages
Subjects Indians of North America
Title “Hunters and Redskins”
Issue 94 of Beadle’s frontier series
Author Frederick Whittaker
Publisher Ivers & Company, 1909
Length 98 pages
Susan Mary Williams
London & Glasgow, 1936
Title “Ward of the Redskins”
Author Sheba Hargreaves
Publisher Harper & Brothers, 1929
Length 299 pages
USPTO is acting illegally as a court of law, is usurping the judiciary role in making judgments on free speech and first amendment rights.
Hey, the Redskin’s player roster is what, 70% black? OK, rename them the Washington BlackSkins!
You’ll have a hard time convincing the Dallas fans.
I wonder if the soon-to-be-renamed Redskins could get trademark protection for the name “The Fightin’ Whities!” I think that would be a great name for them.
They’ve been bitchin’ about the name since the turn of the century.
RE: Theyve been bitchin about the name since the turn of the century.
Why don’t they bitch about the name - Oklahoma?
It means RED PEOPLE.
Move the damn team to Washington state & keep the name but add apples.
The only Indians I’ve ever met like the name. just as most Indians prefer to be called Indians than Native Americans. I don’t blame them one bit, were I in their shoes that is precisely what I would want too.
The Politically correct terms have connotations of being simply being helpless victims, massacred and wiped out by a brutally superior race. Whereas Indians or redskins while perhaps racially descriptive nonetheless have strong connotations about a noble warrior race of survivor that survived impossible odds to this day. A race of men that once struck fear into the hearts of other men posing such a threat, and were for the most part only finally stopped by force of treaty and settlement.
A far different image of strength than the political correct one that is simply of a helpless victim. You tell me which you would prefer to be remembered or thought of by?
The Federal Government has never stopped attacking the redskins and violating it’s treaties with us! It just makes me want to ditch some tea.
Rename them the Pamunkeys in honor of the Pamunkey tribe, which still has tribal land in Virginia - one of the few tribes in the mid-Atlantic states which has reservation land.
Exactly. And the TM should protect against such political abuse.
Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their Redskins Mascot is Racist?