Thursday, June 19, 2014

Washington R*****ns Update



Good news: the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the trademark registrations of the Washington R*****ns name! It’s only “good” news because they did this before, and The R*****ns owner at the time appealed, and they got it back the registration. it is doubtful that Dan Snyder will change the name any time soon, though, because Dan Snyder is likely oblivious of his own hubris...which is why it is called hubris...back in March, instead of considering a name change, he did a little “outreach” by founding the Washington R*****ns Original Americans Foundation, a non-profit that would provide warm coats and jackets to poor Native Americans. Because the last time a white man gave bunch of fabric to indigenous people, it worked out really well. For the white man. The indigenous people died.


The word “r*****n” is offensive to an entire ethnicity and to a lot of people outside of the ethnicity. Yes, the name was supposedly chosen in reverence for original coach//player Lone Star Dietz, but the team was founded by George Preston Marshall, the premiere racist of the NFL, and the name has always been offensive. Claiming that the name R*****n was endowed on the team to honour Dietz doesn’t make it okay. That’s like calling him the “good Injun”.


People discuss the tradition of the name, even though teams change names all the time. Fine. Let’s talk tradition. Traditionally, they were the Boston Braves. Traditionally, I wouldn’t be able to type this, because reading would have garnered me a date with the gallows, that is if I wasn’t already tortured to death. Traditionally, women weren’t allowed to own property. There are a lot of traditions that the US had, and we got rid of the bad ones. Apparently, doing terrible things to the indigenous people is a tradition that has not yet died. I said it before, but really, this is controversy is not a bunch of whiny people trying to be socially polite. Perhaps if I rewrote the first two paragraphs in a different way, with less asterisks…


Good news: the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the trademark registrations of the Washington Niggers name! It’s only “good” news because they did this before in 1995, and The Niggers owner at the time appealed, and they got it back the registration. it is doubtful that Dan Snyder will change the name any time soon, though, because Dan Snyder is likely oblivious of his own hubris...which is why it is called hubris...back in March, instead of considering a name change, he did a little “outreach” by founding the Washington Niggers Involuntary Immigrants Foundation, a non-profit that would provide provide free boat rides to poor African Americans to farms where they would learn farming techniques on a tobacco or cotton farm. Because the last time a white man gave bunch black people a free cruise, it worked out really well. For the white man. The black people died.


The word “nigger” is offensive to an entire ethnicity and to a lot of people outside of the ethnicity. Yes, the name was supposedly chosen in reverence for original coach/player Kenny Washington, but the team was founded by George Preston Marshall, the premiere racist of the NFL, and the name has always been offensive. Claiming that the name Nigger was endowed on the team to honour Washington doesn’t make it okay. That’s like calling him the “good nigger”.


If that didn’t want to make you punch stuff, I don’t know what will. My hope that Snyder will do the right thing is still nearly non-existent, though.

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