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How to Change the Washington Redskins Racist Name

January 28th, 2016

city leadership and Washington’s (nonvoting) member of the House of Representatives (who cosigned the letter). But, so far, he seems immune to such pressure.

So it was a point the 10 lawmakers made later in their letter that likely highlights the way towards
cheap nfl jerseys enticing a recalcitrant and belligerent Snyder to come around.
replica oakleys And it doesn’t have to do
wholesale ray ban sunglasses with
michael kors handbags anyone’s feelings; it has to do with economics. 1278, would eliminate one of Snyder’s money making avenues, removing the trademark protection that prevents other organizations from marketing Redskins gear.

As ThinkProgress’ Travis Waldron explains, "Losing the trademark wouldn’t force the Redskins to
2016 jerseys cheap change the
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cheap jerseys do, however, is make it impossible to stop other people from using it." The Redskins are the fifth most valuable sports franchise in the world, so cutting off the trademark spigot would likely be more
cheap oakleys effective, sadly,
michael kors bags sale than the string of Native American leaders who have
fake ray ban sunglasses come forward to explain the derogatory history of the term with which Washington endows its team.

Pro sports (as I’ve noted here before) is a big business and there are myriad ways in which the government is implicitly or explicitly backing the profits of franchises and their owners. And teams, as every fight over public subsidies for a

cheap oakleys sale new stadium shows, will go to great
discount oakleys Sunglasses lengths to protect that backing. Washington’s team is already facing one lawsuit looking to strip away the
cheap ray ban trademark; an affirmative act of Congress to finish the trademark off would leave Snyder with quite the conundrum.

[See
discount oakleys online a collection of political cartoons on the budget and deficit.]

For precedent, it’s worth revisiting what led Washington’s football franchise to integrate.
discount nhl jerseys wholesale Then owner George Preston Marshall was perfectly content to play up the team’s racist history, leaving it
wholesale ray ban the last segregated squad in the league. He finally relented in 1962, not because of any change of heart, but after the John F. Kennedy administration threatened to refuse the team access to
nba jerseys what is now called RFK Stadium, which was on
cheap jerseys from china federal land, unless it integrated. (Thomas G. Smith’s "Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington
cheap ray ban sunglasses Redskins" is
wholesale sale oakleys a good primer on the tale.)

So these 10 members of Congress hit on perhaps the best approach for getting Snyder to change his mind: not going after his sense of decency, but his bottom line.