United States Attorney General calls Redskins 'offensive name'
United States Attorney General Eric Holder is the latest public figure to suggest that Redskins should change their name.
The list of people who find the Redskins name offense continues to grow. The latest to join the chorus of finger-waggers: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who weighed in on the matter Sunday during an appearance on ABC's This Week.
"I'm going to speak very personally now," Holder said when asked about the team name (via ESPN.com). "The name ought to be changed. It's an offensive name. The Redskins, that organization is a great one. It's a team with a storied history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C., and in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that from my perspective that is so obviously right."
In October 2013, Holder's boss, President Barack Obama, said that if he was the Redskins owner he would "think about changing" the name because the moniker offends “a sizeable group of people.”
"I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things," Obama told the Associated Press at the time. “I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so.”
Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins' trademark registration because it considered the team's name “disparaging to Native Americans."
But the Redskins expect the ruling to be overturned, which is what happened when the Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademark registration 15 years ago.
"We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's divided ruling will be overturned on appeal," Redskins trademark attorney Bob Raskopf said in a June statement. "This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins' trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board."
If, this time around, the Redskins find themselves on the wrong side of the ruling, it's good to know that they'll have team-name options.
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