Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says 'writing on the wall' for Redskins name change
June 18, 2014 - 02:00 pm
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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to praise the U.S Patent Office’s decision to cancel trademarks for the Washington Redskins. The agency said it found the name Redskins to be derogatory towards Native Americans and thus, not eligible to trademark protection. “Every time they hear this name is a sad reminder of a long tradition of racism and bigotry,” said Reid, who has spoken out publicly on numerous prior occasions urging a change to the team's name. “The writing is on the wall," Reid proclaimed in his remarks to the Senate, "and it’s on the wall in giant blinking neon lights. The name will change and justice will be done.” Reid also voice similar sentiments Wednesday on his Twitter account.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed the team will appeal the trademark ruling. He has steadfastly refused to change the Redskins name, citing the team's long tradition and rich history.
It's only a matter of time until Daniel Snyder is forced to do the right thing and change the name.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 18, 2014