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Editorial: Trademark cancellation is a good step

Published 9:55am Friday, June 20, 2014

We were glad to see this morning that the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration on its name, calling the professional football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The logo of the Washington Redskins.
The logo of the Washington Redskins.

Over the decades since the slur was first widely used, this country has overcome many challenges with racism. Any remnant of a hateful past that degrades human beings, especially a group so discriminated against through history, has no place in our culture.

With some claiming that the name honors Native Americans, it must be made clear that the word is only filled with hate and in no way brings anything other than disrespect to many people in this country.

We hope this decision puts more pressure on the NFL and the team to finally get rid of its use. We hope the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, gets the message.