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Name Game: Washington Redskins in Court Again for Team Name Suit

7 Mar

In the United States we have the right to free speech, with some limits. This means people have the right to speak what is on their minds and hearts. It does not mean those who are offended do not have the right to be unoffended. It’s time people who get offended by what other people say grow up and get over themselves.

Washington Redskins LogoAccording to a CBS article, the Redskins organization will go before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to defend their brand. The suit against them has been brought forth by group of Native Americans. A quick side note, every group who came to the North American continent was migrant from somewhere. Calling any group “native” is a misnomer. Back to the ridiculous lawsuit, the organization has faced issues over its name for some time. This latest suit is just another round it has faced from thin skinned babies.

According to Suzan Shown Harjo, “It’s just like a drive-by shooting, They’re trying to make money, and not caring who is injured in the process — or if anyone is injured in the process. I don’t think they wake up or go to sleep dreaming of ways to hurt Native people. I think they wake up and go to sleep thinking of ways to make money — off hurting Native people.”

Well Ms. Harjo, if the logic of the case is based upon making money hurting people, the courts are going to be over run with lawsuits very soon. Why? Well using her logic, every comedian who has ever told a joke and offended someone has made money hurting some person or group of people. Are we, as a country, going to allow case law be established outlawing comedy? One can only hope Ms. Harjo has never told any jokes in her lifetime which were recorded. She might be facing a lawsuit of her own then.

Interestingly enough, this specific case was tried before and Ms. Harjo and her group won back in 1999. Really? Fortunately it was overturned in 2003 on a technicality. Apparently Ms. Harjo and her group were now doubly offended and now a new group, playing by the rules set forth by the 2003 technicality ruling, filed another suit in 2006 to start this process (and waste tax money) again. Yes we the people are paying court costs for people being offended. Someone say sequester?

Why file another, costly, lawsuit? The answer is quite simple, according to the CBS article, “The motive is to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder into a change by weakening him financially.” That seems like a clear admission of abusing the legal system. The system was not setup so people could file lawsuit after lawsuit to bankrupt someone to get them to change. In fact, one might argue they just admitted to a form of extortion. Mr. Snyder has stated more than once a name change is not coming.

So far Ms. Harjo has been unsuccessful in her attempts to force a change in the Redskins organization. She has previously predicted a change would already have happened back in 1998, “I fully expect these names to be a thing of the past in 10 years. I think that will happen whether or not we win this suit.”. Much like the over hyped Mayan dooms day, that prediction fell flat. Hopefully this latest round will as well.

If Ms. Harjo and her thin skinned group does happen to win, what’s next? Are they going after the Atlanta Braves? Maybe some group can bring a suit against Cracker Barrel. The outlandish possibilities are endless for those so easily offended. The rest of us will look on, laugh and wonder why they don’t group up and sit with the rest of us at the adult table of life.

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Fight On: Battle Over Redskins Name Goes Before Federal Board – CBS

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