Politically Correct Censorship: Washington Redskins Logo ’Disparaging’
2014-06-19 0:00

Red Ice Creations

Federal bureaucracy will now judge patents on politically correct criteria...

---
Washington Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent Office
By Sam Farmer | Chicago Tribune

The Redskins once wore a circled R on their helmets.

Now, they could become the first NFL team without a circled R — as in registered trademark — on their logo.

The push to convince the Redskins to change their nickname entered a new phase Wednesday, as the federal government officially stepped into the fight.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark registration of the Redskins, calling the nickname “disparaging to Native Americans.” Federal trademark law prohibits names or logos that “may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute.”

The case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans and marks the latest chapter in a decades-long attempt to persuade the NFL franchise to change its name. The 2-1 decision comes amid mounting political and financial pressure to make a change.

However, the ruling does not require the Redskins to change their name, only limits their legal options when other people or entities engage in unauthrorized use of the Redskins name or marks.

Even without federal registrations, the Redskins still have common-law trademark protection but are not afforded all the protections of federal law, which include the potential to recover actual damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and injunctions. The remedies are not as clear under common law.

Jesse Witten, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, applauded the decision but said it likely will take more to convince Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

“We don’t think trademark litigation will be what persuades this team to change its name,” said Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath. “It will be the view of broader society that the name needs to change… But this is an important decision by the U.S. government that it should play no part in promoting this team’s ethnic slur.”

This is not the first time the Redskins have encountered this setback. Native Americans prevailed in a similar ruling in 1999, only to see that decision thrown out when the team and the NFL won an appeal in U.S. District Court in 2009. The court ruled the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to file the lawsuit because they waited too long to complain. A federal court of appeals upheld that decision.

“We’ve seen this story before,” Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Redskins, said in a written statement Wednesday. “And just like the last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo.”

[...]

Read the full article at: chicagotribune.com




Tune into Red Ice Radio:

Darrell Hamamoto - Hour 1 - The Dark Side of Asian America & Weaponized Political Correctness

Patrick Henningsen - Hour 1 - The Politically Correct Matrix

Tim Murdock - The War on Whites

M.K. Lords - Agorism, Bitcoin, Libertarianism vs. Anarchism

Henry Makow - Free Speech Threatened in Canada, Zionism, Elite Satanic Bankers, WWII & The Rothschilds

Keith Preston - 21st Century Anarchism: Anarcho - Pluralism, Radical Localism & Effective Resistance

Mark Weber - Hour 1 - Extremist Watch Groups, Culture Clash & Germanophobia

Kevin MacDonald - The Dispossession of Europeans & Pathological Altruism

Radio 3Fourteen - Paul Elam - A Voice for Men: Feminist Misandry

Ricardo Duchesne - Hour 1 - The Uniqueness of Western Civilization & Multicultural Madness




Related Articles
The Narrative: The origins of Political Correctness
Minority Rule: The Rise of Political Correctness (Documentary)
The Narrative: The origins of Political Correctness
The History of Political Correctness
CERN Scientists Gagged On ‘Politically Incorrect’ Global Warming Data


Latest News from our Front Page

Not Again: More US AID, Missiles Shipped to al Qaeda, al Nusra and ISIS in Syria, Iraq
2015-03-06 4:28
Two weeks ago, 21WIRE reported on how ISIS and other terrorists militants operating in Syria and Iraq are receiving regular weapons and ‘supply drops’ – forming a ‘rat line’ which seems to be playing a crucial role in keeping this highly profitable conflict going on both sides. This week, it’s been reported that Jabhat Al-Nusra fighters have been brandishing US-supplied ...
Swedish parliament removes Baroque artist's bare breasted painting for offending feminists and Muslims
2015-03-06 3:28
A nude painting named Juno, which was painted by baroque artist G E Schröder and has hung in the dining room of the Swedish Parliament for 30 years has been taken down for fear of offending the sensitivities of feminists and Muslim visitors, Swedish newspaper, The Local reported on Thursday. Explaining the ban on the baroque breasts, a source from the ...
White US children will be minorities by 2020 after immigrant 'baby boom', Census reveals
2015-03-05 19:50
This is the result of an ongoing trend of declining birth among white Americans and a baby boom among immigrant groups, as well as a surge in immigration. By the year 2020, 50.2percent of all children in the US are expected to be non-white, according to the Census. By 2044, whites will be outnumbered by minorities. The Census study, released ...
New Jersey Shopkeeper Hangs 'White History Month' Sign In Window
2015-03-05 18:08
A deli owner in Flemington, New Jersey, has angered many of his neighbors by posting a sign on his window that reads, "Celebrate Your White Heritage in March White History Month." Jim Boggess, who is the owner of Jimbo's Deli, says he put up the sign to remind everyone that they should be proud of their race and culture. "No matter what ...
The Viking ”Maine Penny” Mystery
2015-03-05 3:41
In 1957, during his second year of digging at the Goddard site; a large prehistoric Indian trade village in Penobscot Bay on the central Maine coast, local resident and amateur archaeologist Guy Mellgren found a small silver coin. The coin is later identified by experts as a Norse silver penny dating to the reign of Olaf Kyrre, king of Norway ...
More News »