(CBS)–A federal judge in Northern Virginia ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations, report our news partners at the Washington Post. For decades, many Native Americans — and others — have found the nickname to be offensive.
The Redskins can still appeal in the federal court system so the cancellation has not gone into effect yet.
“But even if the Redskins ultimately took the case to the Supreme Court and lost, the team can still use ‘Redskins’ and seek trademark protections under state law. The team has argued, however, that a cancellation of its trademarks could taint its brand and remove legal benefits that would protect against copycat entrepreneurs,” reports the Washington Post.
The decision affirmed an earlier ruling by the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Change the Mascot released the following statement Wednesday morning:
“We congratulate Amanda Blackhorse and all of those who have worked tirelessly to achieve today’s historic victory. Today’s ruling further highlights how the Washington NFL team’s insistence on ignoring the will of an increasingly diverse country has become a crisis for the NFL – and the league’s refusal to use its power to change this offensive name turns its silence into active complicity, associating itself with those who believe people of color deserve to be slurred. The owners and Commissioner Goodell have a clear problem on their hands: one of their fellow owners is out of control – creating a national spectacle by defending racial slurs at a moment when the country is clearly demanding an end to the bigotry of yore.
We have seen incredible bipartisan progress in recent weeks surrounding the effort to end the promotion, marketing and profiting off of the Confederate flag. We have seen the highest court in the land move to protect all people’s right to marry, and we’ve now see two separate courts declare that taxpayers are not obligated to effectively subsidize the Washington team’s racial slur by granting it lucrative patent protections. Now, Dan Snyder and the NFL must face the fact that the R-word is hurtful and wrong, and that it’s time to do the right thing and change the name.”