Letters to the Editor

June 22, 2014

All Points: Washington Redskins’ trademarks canceled

On June 18, a panel of judges with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademarks associated with the Washington Redskins NFL team, citing the name as “disparaging” to American Indians. Public polling and surveys of American Indians suggest there is no consensus about the team’s moniker, but team owner Dan Snyder is unequivocal about changing the name, which he argues is not offensive, but an honorific. Is it time for the team to change its controversial name? Or is this just another case of the politically correct police and government overreach?

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