Thanks to an Asian-American metal band the Redskins win the right to use their name.
The Donald Trump victory for the presidency might have also helped the Redskins win. But the evidence indicates that the assault on the Redskins was so unconstitutional that even Liberals could see through the argument.
As you probably know, the Washington Redskins attacked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to circumvent the team’s First Amendment rights. Not anymore! The Associated Press reports, “Justice Department gives up Washington Redskins name fight.”
In a letter to a federal appeals court, the department said last week’s Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of an Asian-American band calling itself the Slants means the NFL team will prevail in a legal battle to cancel the team’s trademarks because the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
Note that the Supreme Court decision in favor of the Slants was unanimous. And everyone knew the case would set precedent for the Redskins case.
Of course, the claim that the Redskins was “disparaging” was a gross slander. Teams use names that represent fierceness. Choosing that name for a football team signified respect for the reputation of the American Indians as fighters.
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