House Dems. introduce bill to ban ‘Redskins’ from NFL

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House Democrats introduced a bill in Congress Wednesday that would prevent anyone from trademarking the word “Redskins” in an effort to force Washington’s football team to change its name.

Our national debt is approaching $17 trillion, the Middle East is in flames and North Korea is rattling its saber. Throughout all this turmoil, it’s nice to see that four House Democrats can find time to voice their concern for a football team’s mascot.

The Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013 was drafted by Eni Faleomavaega, a non-voting delegate from American Samoa and co-sponsored by another non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton representing the District of Columbia. The bill’s other two co-sponsors are Reps. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Karen Bass of California.

The Hill reported that earlier this month Norton strongly suggested that the Redskins consider a name change.

“Nobody would let a comparable name to blacks stand,” Norton said, adding that “nothing happens without pushing and shoving … I am a fan of the Redskins. I’m just not a fan of their name.”

The team had no comment on the bill. I’d love to comment, just as soon as I stop laughing long enough to give it.

Read more at The Hill.


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