First, the Redskins. Now, the Chiefs.
Amanda Blackstone, the plaintiff in the case that saw the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule against the Redskins, is now urging the Kansas City Chiefs to change their team name.
“I’m not sure there’s anything the [Chiefs] can do at this point other than look for another name,” Blackhorse told the Kansas City Star. “They could be the team that says, ‘You know what? We understand the issue and we don’t want to be Dan Snyder and fight this in court forever. We want to do the right thing and move forward and avoid this entire battle.’ I’m sure fans will be upset, but still, that’s doing the right thing. If they want to be sensitive to Native American people, that’s the thing to do.”
While much of the attention in this matter has been focused on the Redskins, the Chiefs, and other professional sports organizations that use Native American mascots, have kept a low profile. In theory, this could be a domino effect, where once the Redskins team name changes, others will be pressured into following suit.
But it does appear that this won’t be an issue that goes away if, or when, the Redskins change their name. It looks like Blackhorse will lead a long-term fight to remove all Native American mascots.
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