Washington Redskins and other politically offensive sports teams

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Last year, the Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board revoked the Washington Redskins’ trademarks, finding that they were offensive and so they weren’t protected under federal law. In response, the NFL team filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the federal Lanham Act as a violation of free speech.
Yesterday, Jan. 10, 2015, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice joined a lawsuit opposing the Washington Redskins’ team trademark and defending the federal law that gives the government the power to deny recognition to trademarks it believes to be disparaging. (Source: Washington Times)
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In response to an article by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, a reader wrote this brilliant and hilarious letter.
Dear Mr. Page,
I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.
The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk. The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.
I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.
Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children:

  • The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.
  • The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.
  • The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.
As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers” (especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???)
I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.
H/t FOTM reader Rich

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  1. Wonderful and as a long time Oregon State fan(and at times, long suffering since 1978 thank you very much), thought this was wonderful. The school has taken much flack for years and years over the mascot being a beaver. Personally, I like Beavers and will not expand on this any farther.
    BTW, the Oregon State Women’s basketball team is 13-1 and ranked #11 in the country at the moment. This is a VERY special group of ladies who are playing some of the best BB in the country right now. None of them have a problem that I have heard of with school’s mascot or name. They are too busy having fun and kicking the collective arses of their competition. They totally trashed the lady Ducks from University of Oregon 70-37 last game and are going to be giving the lady ducks another beat down today in Eugene which will be even better. Nothing better than beating your rival school especially when it is U of O in Eugene, Oregon where old hippies go to die after they have ruined it for the few ‘normal people’ left in Berserkley of the north.
    GO BEAVERS!!!!

  2. So, what about Tomahawk Missiles, Apache Helicopters,etc. etc. ad nauseam and no one says a word about them and that was govt. named….but if it’s a private corporation the PC crowd goes insane.

  3. I served a year in Korea, 2nd Infantry Division [Indian Head Division] one of the most famed units in Military history in the halls of courage, bravery and honour! https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/2id.htm “If Clarence Page had a set of balls at all y’all!” My caption submission if there is a contest on this 🙂

  4. ROTFL!! That letter was brilliant!! How true, offense can be found anywhere and everywhere one seeks to find it. As far as Obama’s Department of Justice…..they need to stay the Hell out of things that don’t concern them. You would think they would be plenty busy with the mess they have made in the racial tensions department and would not have to seek any further fights to put their dog into. Obama has failed this country GREATLY by seeking to find hate where none existed until they planted it and set their gardeners, Holder, Sharpton and Jackson to the task of watering it and keeping it alive.

  5. Loved it! Thank you!

  6. As everyone’s already written my sentiments, I’ll just contribute what I was told was the most subtly agressive-suggestive line ever in the B&W glory daze of TV’s ‘Leave it to Beaver’.
    When Beaver’s dad walks into the perfectly set breakfast scene laid out for him at the start of his PC father’s day of employment, his wife turns to him and remarks, apropos of his dressing down their son last night, “Don’t you think you were awfully hard on the Beaver last night?”

  7. How about the name of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden? Geronimo.

  8. Love the name ‘foreskins’….. but, they would have to change the logo on the sides of the helmets. Perhaps they could put Obama’s image there.
    Or, if they wanted to put his face there, they could change the name of the franchise to The D.C. Bastards (since nobody has produced any proof that Stanley Ann Dunham was ever legally married….. to anybody).
    “Go, you Bastards!”
    Their pass play could be called ‘Air Farce One’, and their ground game could be termed ‘Fast and Furious’.
    The team makeup, to be absolutely PC, would be 5 white guys (one of them gay), 3 black guys (one of them muslim), 1 Mexican (who can run like hell, and work for minimum wage), and 2 lesbians (one of them the mayor of Houston, Texas, and the other, Rosie O’Donnell).
    All of them would be Democrats, except the punter, who would be John Boehner, and the players on the DL would all be covered by Obamacare, thus ensuring that their careers would be brief (like less than 30 hours).
    The cheerleaders would be Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Michael Moore, Susan Sarandan, and old ‘Thrill Up My Leg’.
    Tickets to the games would cost $35,000 (but they would throw in a chicken dinner …. just don’t tell Michelle).
    If the name ‘Giants’ were to fall by the wayside, they could put Al Sharpton’s image on their helmets….. and call the team the New York Hustlers.
    The tickets for their games would be whatever their Goon Squad can get.

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  10. Warning only vie the following Firesign Theater clip if you do;t have a PC bone in your body, from a kinder gentler more outspoken time
    This would probably have PC leftists libtards declaring all out war or have them clutching at their chests in the midst of a massive coronary

  11. They could call themselves the Washington Weasels, but they might be mistaken for Congress.

  12. Isn’t the homosexual community offended by the Packers?

  13. If they really want to succeed at the PC-ness game,they should call ALL the teams “the Generics”,to be distinguished from each other by referencing the City they are based in,i.e. the DC Generics,or the San Francisco Generics. Over time,the teams would become known by just the City names,for a less confusing dialog,though players would still proudly proclaim they’re members of “The Generics”-especially handy when one’s traded since he won’t have to change the Logo on his shirts.

  14. This political correctness is a communistic idea: Lenin & Trotsky dreamed it up. And this Administration is taking it all the way here. It’s absolutely nuts. And it’s INFANTILE.
    And I am afraid the Catholic Church in America has already gone down the same path.

    • I’ve tried many times to open the eyes of comatose libruls about the source of PC but they respond by yelling at me “RAYCISS! BIGOT! HATER! CHRISTIAN!”
      Leo Trotsky coined the term racist to be used as a divided and conquer tool. I’ve read the Communist Manifesto and the Protocols of Learned Elders od Zion. Put together they are a scripted playbook for everything that has been happening, and 99% of the sheep have no clue

  15. What a letter ! We need more names the government uses for things
    > > The federal.
    > > government, which has ” Tomahawk” cruise missiles.
    > > and “Apache,” “Blackhawk,”.
    > > ‘Kiowa” and “Lakota’ helicopters — and.
    > > used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that.
    > > killed Osama bin Laden, officially objects to the name of.
    > > the Washington “Redskins”. Really!

  16. Dennis H Bennett

    I suppose the “O”/DOJ Team would be offended by the “Nairobbery Nincompoops”. Precisely because its accurate.

  17. Dennis H Bennett

    It also appears that the “O”/DOJ Team is after the Redskins because they openly said they wouldn’t bow to the inanity.

  18. I wonder when a small group of cowboys will start bitching and moaning about the Dallas NFL franchise?

  19. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post and for providing this brilliant letter that shows the idiocy of the alleged racial objection in question. What a bunch of crap!

  20. I dread seeing the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division shoulder patch with the Indianhead, on a white star, that is on a black shield background, revoked for being offensive to certain people in American society.


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