The Redskins really need to change their name and House Democrats are on it

posted at 4:11 pm on March 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Simmer down, guys: The political-correctness battle over the Redskins’ team name has been raging since what feels like time immemorial, but Congress is here for you with all the right answers. These Democrats want to wear down the football team’s resistance, war-of-attrition style:

A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would prevent the term “Redskins” from being trademarked, a move intended to put pressure on the Washington football club to change its name.

The Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013 is co-sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and comes days after a federal trademark panel heard arguments over whether the team name was a slur. The panel could potentially overturn the team’s trademark, which would erode profits by allowing other businesses to sell apparel and goods featuring the Redskins name.

Earlier this month, Norton said the team “should consider” a new name.

… But nothing happens without pushing and shoving … I am a fan of the Redskins. I’m just not a fan of their name,” Norton said.

Come on, now. Whichever way you come down on the decades-long conflict over whether or not the Redskins’ mascot amounts to racially offensive disparagement, can we all at least agree that it is definitively not the legislative branch’s job to arbitrate these kinds of disputes? Maybe? This bill is obviously and specifically aimed at a specific body for a specific perceived offense, but why these federal lawmakers think the onus is one them to effectively punish the Redskins for daring to defy them is just not right. I’m pretty sure that’s what we have a court system for, and there is indeed already a case going through the proper channels.

Doesn’t sound like the bill even has a shot of getting off the ground, but hey, maybe these federal lawmakers have a few more high-priority, nationally-focused things they could be worrying about, perhaps?


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