Target: United States Patent and Trademark Director Michelle Lee
Goal: Praise administration for canceling trademark of offensive Washington Redskins logo.
The United States trademark office is canceling the trademark of National Football League team the Washington Redskins because it is offensive to Native Americans. While there is still a long way to go before the Washington Redskins replace their mascot, it is a victory for Native Americans and activists who have petitioned and worked for years to get teams, logos, and mascots to change because of cultural appropriation, racial stereotypes, and racial slurs.
The ruling of the trademark office does not necessarily mean that the team has to change its name or mascot, but it could affect the team’s finances. One of the team’s lawyers stated that the cancellation of the trademark could make the team more vulnerable, as it could “taint” its brand and could be susceptible to the removal of legal benefits that would protect the team from “copycat” entrepreneurs.
Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo activist, spoke with the Washington Post and stated that, “This case is about humanizing the indigenous identity. I have asked this many times before and have never received a sensible answer- if people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” To Amanda, and many other Navajo activists, this ban validates the idea that Native Americans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, just like any other ethnic group.
Sign this petition to support the United States Trademark Office for acknowledging that there is more to the Native American people than racial stereotypes.
Dear Director Lee,
I am writing this petition letter to express my support in the decision to cancel the trademark of the NFL team the Washington Redskins. The term “redskin” is extremely offensive, and it is has been deemed acceptable by professional football fans and officials for far too long.
Thank you for standing in solidarity with Native Americans. The Native American population is already extremely marginalized and it is a group that deserves to be treated with love and respect, just like every other person in this country. Your actions validate that it is wrong to use racial slurs and stereotypes of any kind, something that many other people overlook or take for granted. Once again, thank you for your efforts in protecting Native Americans’ dignity across the country.
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