A bill co-signed by two Silicon Valley lawmakers wants to strongarm the Washington Redskins into dropping the team’s racial slur mascot.
Two-dozen Democratic lawmakers have now signed their names to the bill, including Reps. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose).
“Allowing trademark protection of this work is akin to the government approving its use,” Honda says. “Removing that trademark will send a clear message that this name is not acceptable.”
Team owner Dan Snyder has defended the nickname, saying it honors the past. But nearly every single Native American tribe has come out in opposition to its use, noting that the term “redskins” was often used as a bounty on the scalps of natives.
“It is unbelievable to me that, in the 21st century, a prominent NFL franchise is calling itself by a racial slur,” Honda said. “Team names should not be offensive to anyone.”
The proposed law would nix any federal trademarks and prevent the U.S Patent and Trademark Office from issuing new trademarks using the term “redskins” in reference to Native Americans.