via Washington Post
I missed this last week: the Supreme Court has refused to hear a case regarding trademark protection of the Washington Redskins. Native American activists had been waging this particular battle against the Washington Redskins for 17 years. The Court refused to hear the case based on statute of limitations.
The justices declined without comment to reconsider a lower court’s ruling that the activists waited too long to bring their assertion that the nickname is so racially offensive that it does not deserve trademark protection.
“Obviously, we’re quite pleased; it’s been a long road,” said Robert Raskopf, a lawyer for the team since the suit was first filed in 1992. “We’re not surprised the court didn’t see any issue worthy of review.” […]
Through the years, the team has steadfastly defended the use of the Redskins nickname as honoring Native Americans, not disparaging them. […]
Through the years, the team has steadfastly defended the use of the Redskins nickname as honoring Native Americans, not disparaging them.
Native American groups have persuaded scores of high school and college teams to rename their mascots. The National Congress of American Indians told the justices in a friend-of-the-court brief that the Redskins name is “patently offensive, disparaging, and demeaning and perpetrates a centuries-old stereotype.”
But despite vociferous protests, the team has not budged. Under both former owner Jack Kent Cooke and current owner Daniel Snyder, Raskopf said, there has never been “even a whisper” about changing the nickname.
A new group of Native American activists plans take the case to court again using different circumstances in order to get around the statute of limitations.