Supreme Court: Yes, You Can Trademark Disparaging Racial Slurs Like R-Word – Indian Country Media Network

Supreme Court: Yes, You Can Trademark Disparaging Racial Slurs Like R-Word – Indian Country Media Network – [Lynn Cordova • June 19, 2017 ] – Change The Mascot, a group of Natives and allies advocating for the repeal of the Washington NFL team’s name, said the ruling does not change the definition of the word ‘redskin’ or its impact on Natives.

“This is an issue we have always believed will not be solved in a courtroom, and this ruling does not change some very clear facts. Washington’s football team promotes, markets and profits from the use of a word that is not merely offensive – it is a dictionary-defined racial slur designed from the beginning to promote hatred and bigotry against Native Americans,” group leaders National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said in the statement. (Indian Country Today Media Network is wholly—owned by the Oneida Indian Nation.)

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