Today (Jul. 8), in a Northern Virginia federal court, a judge ruled the cancellation of the Washington Redskins trademark because it offends Native Americans.
In lamens terms, it means that anyone can now use the likeness of the brand without being sued because the Redskins trademark is no longer exclusive. While this is a key moment in history for the back and forth saga of the capitol teams’ controversial name, it does not necessarily mean the name change will happen in the near future or ever.
Let’s be honest, the name is racist. If their was a team called the Nashville Ni–ers, the world (especially at this moment) would protest the hell out of it. But, because the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, isn’t backing down, an actual name change might not happen.
After today’s ruling, the Redskins still have every right to appeal the court’s decision. Changing the name could take anywhere from 1-10 years and at every turn, the name will be in the media. The groups of fans, Native Americans and activists rallying against the franchise have the heavy hurdle of free speech to get over and there is little evidence to show that the organization has actual intentions to offend an entire group.
Still, this trademark ruling will most likely hurt the pockets of Snyder’s team because of public backlash and possibly, less merchandise. Nevertheless, a name change will not happen tomorrow. But, if we want a world full of equality and less racial prejudice, it should be for all people.
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