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‘Redskins’ flap reveals US Patent Office hypocrisy

How disparaging is this image?
How disparaging is this image?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled that the Washington Redskins name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and federal trademarks for the name are to be discontinued.

The three member panel voted 2-1 today in favor of repealing USPTO protections, which have been in place since the team was granted them in 1967. Amidst a snowballing conflict instigated by far left pundits, including Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid (D-NEV), the pressure has been on ’Skins owner Daniel Snyder to capitulate and change the name.

Reid was quoted as saying:

“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name.”

Snyder and Washington football fans of all stripes vehemently object to modifying the team’s stalwart moniker and the owner has made it clear he has no intention of making any such revision. According to Fox News and other sources, Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the team, said he expects the ruling to be overturned on appeal.

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo.”

There are those, this Examiner included, who see the hypocrisy of this entity – the USPTO – laid bare in the shadow of the controversy. On one hand it denies trademark shelters to a football team as a result of liberalists caterwauling hypersensitive platitudes insisting that Native Americans have been “disparaged.” All the while it continues to provide privileges to a prodigiously anti-everything-not black group like the Black Panthers.

It’s ludicrous to have to rehearse the argument that the Black Panther Party (BPP) is a virulent racist hate group. Progressive whitewashing and marginalizing of their pernicious beliefs mandates it nonetheless.

The examples of disparaging words and actions by these anti-American radicals could (and has) filled volumes. But just to cite one extreme case, which the USPTO patently refuses to consider offensive, over-against something as infinitely benign as the name “Redskins” and the image of a very noble looking Indian, are the comments of one of the pioneers of the BPP movement, Leroy Eldridge Clever.

Clever, an architect of the movement and close associate of Black Panther founders Bobby Seale and convicted killer Huey Newton – to whom Michelle Obama once paid a fulsome homage – once remarked concerning why he raped white women:

“Rape was an insurrectionist act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women…”

[Eldridge Clever, Soul on Ice, McGraw-Hill, 1968, p.14.]

Notwithstanding the facts of the matter, which might very reasonably be construed as the BPP being somewhat disparaging to others based upon the color of their skin, i.e. ethnicity, the USPTO continues to protect their trademark while denying the popular NFL team theirs.

From the U.S. Patent Office website:

A U.S. Trademark was filed on Monday, May 09, 2011 for THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY by Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, Inc., Vallejo, CA 94591. The USPTO has given the THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY trademark serial number of 85316352. The current federal status of this trademark filing is REGISTERED. The correspondent listed for THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY is ALAN KORN of LAW OFFICE OF ALAN KORN, 1840 WOOLSEY ST, BERKELEY, CA 94703-2453. The BLACK PANTHER PARTY trademark is filed in the category of Education and Entertainment Services . The description provided to the USPTO for THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY is Educational services, namely, organizing and conducting educational youth conferences; museum curator services, namely, exhibiting to the public historical archives; developing tutorial and mentorship programs, namely, training youth in black history, conflict resolution and reading and writing; producing documentary films.


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