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user-inactivated  ·  2938 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US patent office strips Washington R________ of offensive trademark

Man, I hate the whole "I'm [ethnicity], and I'm not offended, ergo nobody else in my ethnicity should feel offended about this either, stop being so politically correct!"

It's interesting to me that people are so reluctant to change these sorts of things, even if they seem minor to those people. It's like they feel like admitting that this sort of thing is racist is a bad thing to do, like they shouldn't have to.

Apparently it's "oversensitive" to want this change. Or, or...shit, I need to stop reading Facebook comments, they're worse than Reddit and Youtube at this point.

exNihilo  ·  2936 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A large part it probably stems from the fact that a number of people today, from all age groups, but primarily millenials dislike talking about racism. This isn't to say they endorse it, but that it makes them uncomfortable. Acknowledging that racism still exists today is difficult to accept for a lot of people. Especially people who don't generally experience racism and/or discrimination i.e. white males.

It is somewhat understandable. Racism is an unsavory topic that is very emotionally charged. But the only way to end it is by talking about and coming to grips with the fact that racism didn't end with passage of the Civil Rights Act.

swedishbadgergirl  ·  2937 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i wonder how they'd react if you used it in the opposite way "I'm [ethnicity] and I'm offended so everyone in my ethnicity should be to" it's the same logic.

user-inactivated  ·  2938 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It's interesting to me that people are so reluctant to change these sorts of things, even if they seem minor to those people.

The stated reasons what's his name the owner had for keeping the name basically amounted to brand-building. It's apparently going to cost the Washington Godknowswhats a fair amount of money as far as merch and stuff. (The situation isn't the same as, say, whoever makes Lucky Charms having to change the name to something else, but it's kinda similar. In that instance all the money they've poured into creating a brand vanishes.)

Of course, they could have saved themselves the now even bigger hassle/PR loss if they'd changed the name five years ago.

OftenBen  ·  2938 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I wish I knew how to feel about this. I'm not saying this to be cynical, but I'm so far removed from the world of professional sports, and have 0 Native American(Is that even the word anymore?) friends or associates. This change has no measurable affect on anyone I know, directly.