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Editorial: Another loss for Washington NFL team's racist mascot

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The Washington Post wonders when the NFL will follow the rest of the country and eliminate a hurtful symbol from its ranks:
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed into law a measure prohibiting public schools from using the term “Redskins” as a team name or mascot. Enactment of the California Racial Mascots Act makes California, the nation’s most populous state and home to three National Football League teams, the first to ban use of the term by public schools. The law goes into effect in January 2017 and will require four schools to come up with new names.

Change in tradition can be hard, and sports fans are as devoted to tradition as anyone. But the hundreds of universities and schools that over the years have voluntarily dropped names and mascots disrespectful of Native Americans show it can be done. They are institutions that came to understand that offense can be given even when there is no intent to offend.

Unfortunately, that has yet to sink in for Washington team owner Daniel Snyder or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the other enablers in the NFL. Even after a federal judge in July upheld the stripping of the team’s federal trademark protection because it is a slur against Native Americans, Mr. Snyder doubled down on his defense of the name and his refusal to even consider a change. “NEVER — you can use caps,” he once famously said about changing the team’s name.

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Editorial: A stinging loss for the Washington football team (The Washington Post 10/13)

Also Today:
California ‘Redskins’ Ban a Rare Statewide Win for Movement (Time 10/12)
'Redskins' ban angers fans of California schools still using the mascot (The Fountain Valley Daily Pilot 10/13)

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