As you’ve read by now, the The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Jesse Witten, said this in a press release:
“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said in a press release. “We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word ‘redskin’ is an ethnic slur.”
About those movie clips: the plaintiffs submitted video featuring 11 usages of ‘Redskins’ in 10 different films. I’ve been able to find snippets of a few of them. In case you’re curious.
From “Northwest Passage”, 1940
From “Broken Arrow,” 1950
From “Mohawk,” 1956
And here are a few other bits of ‘Redskins’ in Hollywood I’ve managed to find.
From “Ride ‘Em Cowboy,” 1942
From “Once Upon in the West,” 1968
From “The Lone Ranger” on TV, 1949
From “Calamity Jane,” 1953
More on the Redskins trademarks: