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house Bill H.R. 684

Should "Redskins" Be Removed From The List Of Trademark-able Words?

Argument in favor

“Redskin” is a deeply offensive slur against Native Americans. It’s disgusting that the term is used for sports mascots, let alone that people can trademark it.

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02/25/2015
"It is time for the name to be changed. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it."
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06/13/2015
Haven't we made enough money as a nation off of the blood and bones of Native American's? Why in the hell do we need to continue the insult by allowing companies to profit off of insulting them?! And for the record. Quit naming our war weapons and machines after their stuff. The Tomahawk? An Apache helicopter? Get real. It is all insulting to them. And it would be to you too if you could see through their eyes.
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03/08/2015
"Redskin" is a slur. It doesn't matter what Dan Snyder and the organization intend. It's an insult to Native Americans and needs to go.
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Argument opposed

Many sports teams have been using “redskins” in their formal name or nickname for decades — it's part of a tradition, and they have a right to use it in their merchandise.

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02/24/2015
You can't fix stupid. As abhorrent and offensive as the name is, the Washington Redskins are a private company, and should be allowed to exercise their right to trademark whatever logo they choose. If public outcry doesn't stop them, neither will legislation. Just because they can't trademark the name does not mean they can't use it. I am for them changing their name, but no one can force Dan Snyder to make that decision. No one but Dan Snyder himself.
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04/07/2015
Though I strongly believe that the Washington football team should change its name, government restriction and censorship is even worse.
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Ben's Opinion
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04/19/2015
It's just a football team and they have had this name for decades without an issue
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    IntroducedFebruary 3rd, 2015
    "It is time for the name to be changed. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it."
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    You can't fix stupid. As abhorrent and offensive as the name is, the Washington Redskins are a private company, and should be allowed to exercise their right to trademark whatever logo they choose. If public outcry doesn't stop them, neither will legislation. Just because they can't trademark the name does not mean they can't use it. I am for them changing their name, but no one can force Dan Snyder to make that decision. No one but Dan Snyder himself.
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    Haven't we made enough money as a nation off of the blood and bones of Native American's? Why in the hell do we need to continue the insult by allowing companies to profit off of insulting them?! And for the record. Quit naming our war weapons and machines after their stuff. The Tomahawk? An Apache helicopter? Get real. It is all insulting to them. And it would be to you too if you could see through their eyes.
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    "Redskin" is a slur. It doesn't matter what Dan Snyder and the organization intend. It's an insult to Native Americans and needs to go.
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    Though I strongly believe that the Washington football team should change its name, government restriction and censorship is even worse.
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    Some Native American watchdog groups and civil rights groups have voiced offense at this name. Frankly, the U.S. has done more to fund and arm its enemies than it has done to aid and support its own Native population.
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    It's just a football team and they have had this name for decades without an issue
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    UPDATED: ENOUGH OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GARBAGE ALREADY! THE MAJORITY OF AMERICAN "REDSKINS" AREN'T OFFENDED BY THIS TEAM'S NAME! THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE OFFENDED BY IT ARE LIBERALS WHO ODDLY ENOUGH DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH REFERRING TO OTHERS BY THEIR SKIN COLOR ("whites" and "blacks"). EVERYONE WHO HAS ANY SENSE AND INTEGRITY KNOWS THAT THERE IS NOTHING DISPARAGING ABOUT THE TERM "REDSKINS"! IT'S A TIME-HONORED NAME THAT WAS NEVER OBJECTED TO THROUGHOUT DECADES OF USAGE AND HAS ONLY COME INTO DISPUTE SINCE OUR DIVIDER-IN-CHIEF, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, BECAME POTUS. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU??? HE HAS DONE HIS BEST AS A GOOD ALINSKY-ITE TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! HIS GOAL IS TO "TRANSFORM" AMERICA, AND HE HAS BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL. I CAN SCARCELY BELIEVE I'M STILL LIVING IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ANYMORE! "REDSKINS" IS PART OF OUR HERITAGE, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! WE ARE SEEING A DELIBERATE EFFORT TO DESTROY OUR HERITAGE (think "Confederate flag", for example)! (My apologies for using all caps! But this garbage really gets under my skin and irritates the heck out of me!) [FOLKS, IF YOU VALUE YOUR FREEDOM, YOU'D BETTER READ THIS! IT GIVES CLEAR EVIDENCE OF THE PROGRESS THAT COMMUNISTS AND SOCIALISTS HAVE MADE TOWARDS TAKING OVER OUR GOVERNMENT!] #Communists and #Socialists Push #Democrat Platform Toward #Tyranny • "It is time for loyal Democrats to realize that their party is no longer the party of Harry Truman, or JFK. It has been hijacked at the highest levels by enemies of the U.S. Constitution and American freedom.” -- Trevor Loudon, author of "The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress" • Americans who value the U.S. Constitution and the liberties it protects should educate others about the dangerous cast of characters that helped write the Democrat Party's agenda. • If the Democrat Party's draft platform were to be implemented, what remains of the Judeo-Christian foundations of America, the U.S. Constitution, and the liberties it protects would all be obliterated, along with America's remaining prosperity. Written by Alex Newman Friday, 15 July 2016 06:00 It's not your grandfather's Democrat Party anymore. In fact, it's not even your father's party anymore. With the powerful Democratic Party Platform Committee featuring a number of prominent socialists and communists, the Democrat Party's draft platform has moved further toward full-blown extremism and totalitarianism than ever before. Indeed, the proposed platform now includes an unprecedented array of extreme anti-constitutional proposals practically guaranteed to alienate mainstream Americans — at least if the public finds out. https://demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-PLATFORM-DRAFT-7.1.16.pdf From tax-funded #abortion worldwide and banishing millions of Americans from the workforce with a $15-per-hour #minimumwage, to empowering a #UnitedNations “#climate” regime and #prosecutingskeptics of the man-made global-warming theory, the Democrat Party's latest guiding document reads almost like a parody concocted by Republicans to make their rivals look ridiculous. An examination of the #extremists sitting on the body that drafted the agenda, though, helps explain how one of America's two main parties could have openly moved so far to the fringes in such a short time period. In an article published in late June, anti-communist analyst Trevor Loudon, author of the book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress, shined the spotlight on the multiple communists and “radical anti-American socialists” serving on the platform committee. http://www.trevorloudon.com/2016/06/red-democrats-meet-the-communists-and-socialists-on-the-dems-platform-drafting-committee/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+NewZeal+(New+Zeal+Blog) Among the figures cited in the report are a number who have been involved in the “#DemocraticSocialistsofAmerica,” which Loudon described as “a communist group based on the theories of Italian Communist party theoretician #AntonioGramsci — an advocate of #revolution through #infiltration.” Other platform members were from what he referred to as “more traditionally communist groups.” “Most of these individuals could not pass an #FBI background #securitycheck to sell you stamps at the Post Office,” Loudon argued in his June 26 article. “They would not be allowed to clean the toilets on any military base in this country. Yet they are drafting policies that will shape the lives of more than 300 million Americans. It is time for loyal Democrats to realize that their party is no longer the party of Harry Truman, or JFK. It has been hijacked at the highest levels by enemies of the U.S. Constitution and American freedom.” And indeed, there can be little doubt that some of the extremists identified by Loudon are hostile to the U.S. #Constitution and the #liberties of the American people. In fact, they say so themselves throughout the Democrat Party platform they drafted — a document that includes brazen attacks even on constitutionally protected liberties such as #freespeech, and of course flagrantly denies even the right to life by promoting taxpayer-funded killing of unborn children across America and worldwide. The fact that the extremists were appointed with the support or at least tacit approval of leading Democrats, including #HillaryClinton and #DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also speaks volumes. Several of the socialists identified by Loudon are affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, the nation's largest and most prominent socialist organization. Aside from promoting dangerous tyranny and constitutional #subversion in the United States, the #DSA is also an affiliate of the totalitarian global alliance of communists and socialists known as the #SocialistInternational. The #SI, of course, is a world socialist government-promoting outfit that includes numerous murderous political parties from around the globe. So extreme is the global outfit that its 24th Congress in 2012 was hosted by a #Marxist political party whose president was at the time busy advocating #genocide of #minorities on national television. http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/12769-socialist-international-congress-demands-global-governance-wealth-redistribution http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/12768-socialist-international-congress-hosted-by-anc-amid-genocide-alert Another dangerous outfit well-represented on the Democrat Party's platform committee is the #CommunistPartyUSA, once a tentacle of the mass-murdering #Soviet regime in the United States. However, the presence of #CPUSA friends and activists on the Democrat Party's key committee guiding the party's positions is hardly a surprise. Last year, the CPUSA's boss, #JohnBachtell, even boasted openly that his Marxist-Leninist organization “utilizes” the increasingly radical Democratic Party to advance its #totalitarian objectives in the United States. “At this stage we are about building the broad people's movement led by labor that utilizes the vehicle of the Democratic Party to advance its agenda,” Bachtell wrote to his supporters. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/19997-top-u-s-communist-boasts-that-party-utilizes-democrats The first anti-American socialist highlighted by Loudon is Dr. #CornelWest, a supporter of socialist #BernieSanders and a supposed “theologian” who does not even bother to conceal his radical socialist views and extreme agenda. In fact, after decades of membership, West also became Honorary Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. West also founded the socialist #NewParty in the 1990s and has produced a great deal of Marxist #propaganda, including, among other resources, the book The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought. He has been a pioneer in exploring how race-mongering and fanning #racehatred can be exploited by #socialists to advance their totalitarian agenda. Also cited by Loudon is Representative #KeithEllison (D-Minn.), another Sanders supporter who, among other controversies, has been a supporter of the radical #NationofIslam. Despite his open advocacy for #homosexuality, Ellison is the first “#Muslim” elected to the U.S. Congress. He is also “a longtime associate of the #MinnesotaCommunistParty,” according to Loudon. “Keith Ellison has held several meetings in the home of recently deceased Minnesota Communist Party leader #ErwinMarquit, was elected with the help of teams of communist phone bankers and has contributed an article to the Communist Party USA‘s People’s World website,” Loudon explained. Indeed, the CPUSA's propaganda mouthpiece even promoted Ellison's campaign for Congress, calling him a “fresh progressive” and “established progressive leader.” Another socialist helping to write the Democrat platform is Obama's former “#climateczar” #CarolBrowner. Plenty of the “qualifications” on her résumé ought to raise eyebrows for Americans concerned about #freedom and #sovereignty. Perhaps most alarming, though, is Browner's leadership seat on the Socialist International’s “Commission for a Sustainable World Society,” which openly sought to impose “#globalgovernance” on humanity and “promote socialist ideas and work towards this objective at international level” under the guise of dealing with supposed man-man global warming. Browner also has a long history of working with #extremistgroups, including an outfit known as “#CitizenAction” founded by former Students for a Democratic Society (#SDS) radicals. Numerous other extremists with troubling track records of totalitarian, anti-constitutional extremism are also listed among the platform committee's members. Representative #LuisGutierrez (D-Ill.), for example, is “a former member of the pro-Cuba, Marxist-Leninist #PuertoRicanSocialistParty,” Loudon explained, adding that Gutierrez, an #openborders activist, was also involved with a #Maoist group and the socialist New Party. Gutierrez is currently in hot water for showering hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on his wife and daughters. Also listed is #PaulBooth, a Big Labor organizer for government workers and a DSA leader whose group has helped train “thousands of community organizers in #SaulAlinsky tactics.” Alinsky dedicated his book on how to seize power to Lucifer. Representative #BarbaraLee (D-Calif.), described by Loudon as “a longtime associate of Democratic Socialists of America and the Communist Party USA,” is also on the platform committee. Lee, who has been to Communist Party-ruled Cuba more than 20 times, was also a secret member of the Communist Party breakaway group #CommitteesofCorrespondence. Of course, none of this is a new phenomenon. In a March 1999 exposé of socialists and communists in Congress by The New American, Robert W. Lee showed how the “#HouseProgressiveCaucus,” founded by avowed socialists and communists, was becoming increasingly influential while attempting to conceal its extremism behind lofty rhetoric. Indeed, many of those identified had a long and dangerous history of working with America's sworn communist enemies to subvert the U.S. Constitution and promote #tyranny worldwide. Today, the extremists are more powerful than ever, and, along with their #globalist comrades, practically run the #DemocratParty. Unsurprisingly, the Democrat Party's draft platform reflects the dangerous extremism of the committee that wrote it. That is bad news for America. Indeed, if it were to be implemented, what remains of the Judeo-Christian foundations of America, the U.S. Constitution, and the liberties it protects would all be obliterated, along with America's remaining prosperity. Americans who value the U.S. Constitution and the liberties it protects should educate others about the dangerous cast of characters that helped write the Democrat Party's agenda. Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, politics, and more. Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU. He can be reached at: anewman​@​thenewamerican.com Related articles: Top U.S. Communist Boasts That Party “Utilizes” Democrats http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/19997-top-u-s-communist-boasts-that-party-utilizes-democrats Sanders’ Surge Shows Democrat Shift to Open Socialism http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/21413-sanders-surge-shows-democrat-shift-to-open-socialism Democrats to Add Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage to Party Platform http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/12278-democrats-to-add-legalizing-same-sex-marriage-to-party-platform Democrat Platform Backs Tax-funded, Partial-birth Abortions http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/12713-democrat-platform-backs-tax-funded-partial-birth-abortions Is America Embracing the 10 Tenets of the Communist Manifesto? http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary/item/11092-is-america-embracing-the-10-tenets-of-the-communist-manifesto America: Land of the Free? http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/19088-america-land-of-the-free Communists Happy With Obama Reelection http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/13616-communists-happy-with-obama-reelection Obama’s Political Career Began With Castro-backed Terrorist http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/19749-obama-s-political-career-began-with-castro-backed-terrorist Obama's Communist Connections Revisited http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/10828-obamas-communist-connections-revisited Radical Green Jobs ‘Czar’ Resigns Amid Furor http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/2730-radical-green-jobs-%E2%80%98czar%E2%80%99-resigns-amid-furor Socialist International Congress Hosted by ANC Amid Genocide Alert http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/12768-socialist-international-congress-hosted-by-anc-amid-genocide-alert The Grasp of Socialist International http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/8534-the-grasp-of-socialist-international Obama Honors Top Socialist Dolores Huerta with Medal of Freedom http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/11565-obama-honors-top-socialist-dolores-huerta-with-medal-of-freedom Obama chooses Socialist for “Climate Czar” http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/2499-obama-chooses-socialist-for-%E2%80%9Cclimate-czar%E2%80%9D The Alinsky White House http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/10767-the-alinsky-white-house Obama's Terrorist Ties and Radical Roots http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/2446-obamas-terrorist-ties-and-radical-roots http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/23639-communists-and-socialists-push-democrat-platform-toward-tyranny?tmpl=component&print=1 Stopping the destruction of our heritage Preserving the national heritage of the United States of America is critical to the survival of our nation as one of people living in liberty in a collection of states united under a federal government, as outlined by our Constitution. Heritage is defined as “features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings, which come from the past and are still important.”—(from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary) http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/heritage While the above definition of heritage does not specify, when we speak of our national heritage, we are referring to those thoughts, doctrines, events, people, places, and beliefs that still contribute positively to today’s society. For example, while slavery is part of our nation’s past, the abolition of slavery is part of our national heritage. Events, movements, and people that contributed to the abolition of slavery, such as the abolitionist movement, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation are also a part of our national heritage. It doesn’t mean we need to adhere to beliefs and attitudes that have since been relegated to the past by society as a whole. Progress is “the process of improving or developing something over a period of time.” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progress) As progress applies to our heritage, it is improving and developing as society discusses, debates, makes laws, and even fights wars. The late Tibor R. Machan, a professor of philosophy at Auburn University, Alabama, who passed away this year on March 24, spoke to the erosion of the basic ethical and political ideas that are part of our national heritage. In “The Bill of Rights and Moral Philosophy,” written in 1992, he described how the Leftist dominated educational system is so often “not hesitating to indict us for ‘our’ past treatment of Native Americans, African-Americans, women, and other groups” by applying universal standards “so we can say that our forefathers were bigots, racists, sexists, and so forth.” https://fee.org/articles/the-bill-of-rights-and-moral-philosophy/ Machan continues: “Why this is taken seriously and not dismissed as incoherent, since it applies current value judgments to other historical periods, is one of the curiosities of contemporary political discussions.” I would take that a step further and say that rather than being a curiosity, it is part of the process going on of destroying our national heritage for the sake of the Leftists’ future false utopia of equality of wealth under a centralized government. In the process of attempting to impose upon our nation a government to their liking, which is based on the discredited philosophy of #Marxism, they work to try and discredit the #Constitution and our #FoundingFathers who created such a wonderful document. The Constitution gave us a system of government that would be the standard for all nations, as feudal, colonial economic systems and monarchical political systems were replaced by capitalist economics and citizen-participatory limited government. Let me conclude this with a few more quotes from “The Bill of Rights and Moral Philosophy” by Tibor R. Machan: “America’s political foundations were laid more than 200 years ago. The Declaration of Independence simply but clearly stated that each of us has basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The framers of the Constitution then made the point in more detail by adding the Bill of Rights, so as to single out some rights as deserving special mention without belittling others not listed.” “The central thesis of these documents is the #doctrine of individual rights. Spelled out in considerable detail by the English philosopher #JohnLocke, this doctrine holds that each person is a #sovereign being, not to be ruled by or rule over others, but rather to take charge of his property‚ Äîhis [sic] own person and estate. Our nation’s founders thus rejected the most pervasive doctrine on the globe at the time‚ Äîthat [sic] some people were justified by God, nature, force, or convenience to be the masters of their fellowmen.” “The people, so long as their right to free thought is still respected by law, are still in charge. And they can make the difference between a future guided by the principles that gave birth to our nation or one directed by alien philosophies that will take us back to the dark ages of #feudalism and #despotic rule.” http://canadafreepress.com/article/stopping-the-destruction-of-our-heritage?utm_source=CFP+Mailout&utm_campaign=5f0cb9d8ff-CFP+Daily+Mailout&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d8f503f036-5f0cb9d8ff-291128889
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    If I called a team the Charlotte Crackers people would be up in arms. A slur is a slur, and it should be removed immediately.
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    No everyone is offended by something these days
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    Congress should have better things to do there is not a strong visible opposition to this.
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    This franchise would clearly not be promoting a sort of racism to discourage native Americans. Listen I don't see anything being addressed about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Congress and our law enforcement are not doing enough to stop groups that promote hatred. However, we see a professional football logo being addressed. This is nonsense! If anything the native Americans should be glad that their ethnic group is being displayed as a patriotic logo. According to multiple historians they were the first individuals here so why would it matter to them is the question? (This is an example of an issue that dose not need to be alleviated), it's completely foolish for a franchise to remove the logo. We cannot reflect a logo of an Indian man that relates hundreds of years ago during Columbus's exploration. We Americans today had absolutely no control or influence whatsoever that occurred back then as well. As I have said previously, I don't see hatred organizations being diffused. Although, we are worried of a franchise team that ABSOLUTELY DOSE NOT PROMOTE HATRED OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SKIN COLOR, GENDER, OR ACTIONS OF PAST VIOLENCE. It's promoting possibly the complete opposite. If anything its positively promoting Native American tribes to represent we Americans are all in this together. We have no evidence to support the fact that the logo promotes discrimination of Indians or harassment/harm against them. ITS SIMPLY JUST A REPRESENTATION OF A NATIVE AMERICAN. There should be nothing wrong with that picture then? It's not pertaining to racism! Racism is defined as being more superior than another individual, not necessarily having to do with someone's sexual orientation or race. So we have all been racist in life at least a few times. Congress should be enforcing procedures to abolish GROUPS against equalization of sexual orientation, race and gender. NOT AN INNOCENT AND HARMLESS NFL TEAM. We have to be realistic here folks.
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    Their mascot is a very offensive slur and if the owner won't change the name then they should be penalized by losing their trademark and losing millions of dollars
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    No word that is has not been created and trademarked by a legal business entity should be trademarkable. Really? A business entity should get paid when others use a word that has been in existence since Europeans invaded the New World? That's as ridiculous as trying to trademark colors. Regarding the Washington football team: that's another matter.
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    "Redskin" is not inherently "racist." In fact, it is a term that refers to the war paint that Native Americans would put on before going to battle. The use of this term by a sports team is not a racial slur, but is in fact a term of respect and recognition to those of the Native culture whose traditions have been destroyed.
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    The team's name is horribly offensive, just imagine if it were using any other race as a mascot for a team.
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    Along with every other word.
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    When I first saw this, I thought it must've been a joke. But, to my dismay, somebody truly had searched for yet another reason to be offended. The reason this bothers me is because it's 2015 and we have the Internet; we are provided with unlimited information constantly and can spend our entire lives being offended by people who don't deserve a voice to be heard. Also, in relation to the football team, the Redskins, the term isn't being used in a hateful manner, therefore voiding the argument.
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    Really? Is this not obvious legislation?
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    The Washington "WhiteSkins" C'mon people we are better than this....
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