PSA: California has banned the team name 'Redskins'
There are two camps when it comes to deciding what holiday America celebrated yesterday. To some, it was Columbus Day, a not-so-widely observed federal holiday dating back to the early 20th century. For others, it was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a more recent spin on the second Monday in October meant to honor the 5.2 million people of indigenous ancestry currently living in the United States.
And now it looks like the state of California falls into the latter camp, especially after yesterday’s landmark decision to ban the “Redskins” team name in all public schools — they are the first state to ban the slur as a team name. As a result, four California schools will have to come up with better, less insensitive name by 2017.
California is just one state in a long line of legislators, policymakers, and pundits who have rallied against the word “Redskins,” and, in particular, the Washington D.C.-based NFL team that uses it. Mind you, the team refuses to change its name even in the face of multiple lawsuits and a decision by the U.S. Patent office to cancel all six of the team’s registered trademarks of the Redskins name, deeming it “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The team is fighting that decision, but we think the tide is turning. After all, at least nine cities, and two entire states (South Dakota and Alaska) have made the decision to celebrate native peoples’ by respecting their history. Why a football can’t do the same is beyond us.
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