On the laundry list of black eyes for one of the country’s most successful and highest grossing sports leagues, the NFL, is that one of its teams bears a racist name.
Businesses have taken note, and some, including the e-commerce darling Etsy, are refusing to carry products bearing the Washington Redskins name or logo.
The company made the announcement in a lengthy blog post. It reads in part:
Like the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, we at Etsy find the opinion of the minority group itself to carry most weight in determining whether the mascot is disparaging. In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term “redskin(s)” is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.