FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 19, 2017
Contact: Joshua Silver
Tel: (240) 605-3084
STATEMENT REGARDING TODAY’S SUPREME COURT RULING IN TRADEMARK CASE
"Despite the legal merits of the case, Rebrand Washington Football (RWF), a grassroots group of fans opposed to the name of the Washington professional football team, is profoundly disappointed by how today's developments will be manipulated by a professional football team. At issue is an Asian band's desire to appropriate and own a slur for Asians. It is their right to do so. In contrast, Daniel Snyder continues to appropriate a racial slur against Native Americans for the name of his football team. Mr. Snyder and the football team will use today's Supreme Court decision to advance their cause. Every Native American we know believes the name is offensive and hateful. We call on Mr. Snyder to meet with us and our Native American allies to commence the process of changing the name. Just because Mr. Snyder may have a legal right to use the name does not mean he has a moral right to use the name. We believe that the community will be united if Mr. Snyder does the right thing and changes the name."