Another Nail In The Coffin? E-Commerce Site Etsy Bans Redskins Nickname
And now one of the nation's largest e-commerce sites has shut down the Redskins nickname. Etsy, which deals in handmade and vintage items and had 30 million registered users as of 2013, announced on Thursday that it is outlawing the NFL team's nickname and logo on its site.
From the site's blog:
You may have been following the struggle of one ethnic group that has made a lot of headlines lately: Native Americans and their fight against the Washington, D.C. professional football team name and mascot, which they have long considered offensive, disparaging, and racist. This very poignant ad was followed by a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team’s trademarks. Following this decision, an increasing number of public figures, politicians, schools, news publications, and private companies have spoken out in protest of the name and mascot.
Like the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, we at Etsy find the opinion of the minority group itself to carry most weight in determining whether the mascot is disparaging. In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term “redskin(s)” is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.
This past June the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's federal trademark registration, ruling that it was "demeaning and disparaging" to Native Americans.
1932: Team is born as the Boston Braves, and plays in Braves Field, Boston, MA.
1933: Team moves to Fenway Park, changing name to Boston Redskins.
1937: Move to Washington D.C., becoming the Washington Redskins. They win the NFL East for the second year in a row and the NFL Championship Game vs. the Chicago Bears.
1938: The wife of owner George Preston Marshall writes the Redskins’ fight song. WTOP: The song originally contained racial epithets. For instance, the second stanza suggested the team “scalp” their opponents.
1940: Redskins play the Bears again for the NFL title — this time losing 73-0. That’s still the most lopsided loss in NFL history.
1940: Earlier that season, team captain Turk Edwards injured himself during the coin toss prior to a game against the NY Giants. He was lost for the season.
1950: Redskins become first NFL team to televise all of their games.
1961: Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall orders Redskins owner George Preston Marshall to integrate his team — the Redskins being the only NFL squad without a black player. (The team played in D.C. Stadium, which was on land overseen by the Dept. of the Interior). It is the first time the federal government attempts to desegregate a professional sports team.
1962: Running back Bobby Mitchell, guard John Nisby and fullback Ron Hatcher are signed — the Redskins’ first black players. Hatcher, from Michigan State, is the first black player drafted by the Redskins.
1992: Native American group sues the league to remove the Redskins name, citing statutes preventing registration of disparaging terms.
1999: The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rule in favor of the petition and cancel the trademarks. Decision is appealed.
2002: Poll commissioned by Sports Illustrated finds that 75 percent of Native Americans surveyed have no objection to the Redskins name.
2005: D.C. Court of Appeals reverse the trademark cancellation. U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Native American group’s appeal.
2014: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancels the Redskins patent on its nickname, on grounds that it is "disparaging and demeaning" to Native Americans.
2014: A Langer Research poll shows that 71 percent of Americans have no objection to the name, as opposed to 23 percent who do. This is down from 83 percent who had no objection in an online Associated Press-GfK survey earlier in the year.
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