Trademark Racism

The Major League Baseball season is underway. Currently there are no pending legal cases against the racist teams' identities in the game either under American Civil Rights Laws or Trademark status. It seems as if everyone is waiting on the Red****s Trademark appeal. A development this past January should be of interest to everyone aware of and involved in this situation. The Depart of Justice has entered the case, upholding the challenge filed against the original plaintiffs by the corporate owners of the NF team. 

Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the Civil Division.  “I believe strongly in the rights of all Americans to celebrate and maintain their unique cultural heritage.  Going forward, we will strive to maintain the ability of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to make its own judgment on these matters, based on clear authorities established by law.” 

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I believe most of the leagues and most team owners are well intentioned. Most, not all. I think many do not understand the issue but their actions are not showing serious attempts to consider new ideas. The possibility that their silence about the racist team identities is approval of those team identities. They all share in profits to a greater or lesser degree. They allow the racism to be accepted and endorsed wherever they play, they allow the racism to be taught to our children. Perhaps the owners and the league leaders are so focused on the winning and losing in sports they no longer understand success is hollow when it lacks fundamental moral and ethical integrity.

 

                                                Gamers                                                Players                                             Game ON!

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                                            Game ON!

To help the teams, the players, the fans and the leadership remember I am developing a game for the players and all game player to enjoy, one with moral and ethical integrity. It is not a random undertaking and I certainly know I cannot do it alone. I need a team. Those of us who care about racism in sports team identities cannot succeed alone.  We need each other, we need many skills and real energy, we need cod developers and mobile game app designers. I have ideas, I believe in the challenge of change and see beyond the status quo. By coming together, building new and better games and creating community around these games I do feel we can make today good and tomorrow better since we all know yesterday cannot be changed. There is opportunity in every sunrise and on every playing field.

If you or someone you know shares this belief just drop me a hello at Sherrie@RacismIsNotAGame.com 


Coffee, Coffee, Where Is The Coffee?

Today's New York Times brought me more than my coffee today, one of my favorite writers brought me some good news. My thanks to Joe Nocera’s spotlight on Starbucks and #RaceTogether. Ags my readers here know (all 3 of you!) I am a white, American (born and raised)church going mother who has been involved in the racist sports teams’ identities discussion for more years than I care to count. I learned of the problem when I was in school in the Greater Cleveland area and then later in life as a community justice advocate. The topic crosses from the MLB in Ohio into the NFL in Washington, D.C. down to Atlanta and beyond into our American  schools.  Serious applause for the courage Howard Schultz has shown in what is perhaps the most globally important justice and social issue of the decade and perhaps, to presume a bit, the century.

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Rightly or wrongly we humans are visual creatures. We identify instantly into “us” and “them” based on looks alone. Men/women, children/adults/elderly, black/brown/white/tan/other. So many arguments, battles and wars have begun on these simplistic and wrongheaded categories. After filing a lawsuit in Cleveland, Ohio against the MLB team and stadium corporation at the end of the 1990s I have moved from the courts to the world of social media, however small my efforts. Sometimes our courts simply are too unpredictable on issues so important.

 

I now live in Boston, MA. My new home city just hosted a peaceful wonderful Marathon. We had runners here from across the world and of all abilities. With the support teams, families and press in many ways it was a microcosm of the world, all colors of people, all kinds of people joining together in health, activity and great energy. The world needs more of this, even when the energy comes from coffee.

To everyone on all sides of this issue I have one question: whatever your perspective, whatever injustice you have survived, whatever injustice you still suffer from, whatever you and yours have endured here is my question: what would justice, in race, community and the larger world look like to you now? Do we still need to kill each other, hurt each other, maim each other in this race we call life? Can we take a deep breath, maybe a second breath and talk things out?

Tonight I heard of another youn man who died too young after an encounter with police, this time the Baltimore police. My sympathies, deep and sincere to his family and all who loved him. Yet I still ask, even in this case, this situation, what would justice look like? What would your own personal justice look like? what will it be for the community, the city of Baltimore, the state and the country? I know, for me, more violence is ot the answser. Neither will any amount of money bring back your loved one. WE may all have our own stories, our own pain but I seldom here this question so I will ask: what DOES judtice look like? What can I do today to bring it closer to reality? I know it is the truth, wherever we are, whatever our days, in our days from sunrise to sundown and beyond, in joy, saddness, pain and celebration, from grief to hope in the race of life we #RaceTogether.  

Justice is for Just Us to create. 

Justice is for Just Us to create. 


Some Good News--Thanks to YWCA

The YWCA now has a national annual Stand Against Racism Day

Communities and organizations are invited to become a Participating Site by taking a Stand. Individuals can join existing events or take individual Stands. Between April 23rd and April 26th 2015, hundreds of thousands of people across the country will take a Stand Against Racism. Registration is now open!

What wil you do with your local YWCA? 

What wil you do with your local YWCA? 

Doing and Being Good

Ok, fans, I do get it--you are not racist and you want good outcomes. 

But, i know this and you need to know this. Just watch. 

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You ARE involved--if you watch any of the major league sports but especially America's  Pastime: Baseball. 

 

You ARE supporting racism if you stay silent.

 

You ARE teaching racism to all children when you do not point out the racism in the Cleveland MLB baseball team, the Atlanta MLB team and the Washington D.C. NFL team  even when those teams are not playing. All the teams, both sports, profit from the existence of the Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington D.C. teams.



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We CAN stopt accepting racism. 

 

When you support the advertisers in these sports you are supporting racism. When you spend your time watching these sports, talking about these sports, even playing these sports and do not identify the racism you ARE silently supporting racism. 

You ARE doing the right thing when you TALK about this, OPEN the discussion, SHARE ideas for new team identities and MOVE the conversation into your home, office, work and neighborhood. 

A good today and a better tomorrow ARE yours to choose and yours to make happen. Will you do this or are you still silent? 

   

Racism Still--Is Anyone Surprised?

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Hockey. Racist?

Now the major question of yet another incident of outright racism at a sporting event this time in hocky should be "What are the consequences of the racist behavior?" and "Why does the NHL permit a team to promote and use a racist identity since the fans can see the racism, easily decide ii is supporting all forms of racism?"

I wonder:

  • Does the Rapid City Rushmore Civic Center have security cameras on the fans? Where is the footage of this horrible incident?
  • Why are there no criminal charges against those harassing the Native American attendees? Pouring beer on children is not harmless and neither is huring racist insults. Assault and battery seem legally appropriate charges.
  • Did the VIP suite owner know or should they have reasonably known the people they had in their suite were racist?
  • What are the legal past records of those in the suite and the owners, personally and corporatly of the suite--is there a pattern of this tye of behavior for any of those involved?
  • What is Rapid City, SD doing to address this racism and prevent it in the future as it is the owner of the venue?

If you are reading this and want this racism to stop I suggest you send a few letters, use local media and even email to draw attention to this situation. Boycott the sport, join a locat anti-racist group, keep the media involved and aware of ongoing racism and racist behavior, vote and always vote against racism. Make the good change happen.

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Silence supports the status quo. Your silence will support racism. Do NOT be silent.

Human Rights In the USA in Sports

Today President Obama called for an expansion of Human Rights worldwide. This is certainly needed. It is needed right in the USA, today, on our playing fields, from professional to the youngest children's games to the senior teams: NO use of Native American names, mascots or trademarks by teams not owned and operated by Native American tribes. This would be Human Rights for all Americans. cropped-people-not-mascots.jpg

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Mr Snyder, Are You Paying Attention....Yet?

Today the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a prominent civil rights organization specifically focused on racism in the NFL, joined the calls for the Washington, D.C.  NFL team to change its name. Mr. Pollard became Coach Pollard in a history worth knowing on Martin Luther King Day 2015. I applaud the Alliance for taking this strong stand and join, as a white American woman in their call to the teams, the players, the coaches, the staffs and the owners to make this change. It is long overdue. Racism affects every person on this planet. For our sports teams to pass demeaning racist stereotypes deliberately and knowingly along to our children and the world as a whole is a shameful disgrace.

My home team, the New England Patriots are happily headed to the Superbowl! Of course I want them to win. I also want the entire NFL to walk away from the racism of the Washington D.C. team name and logo since they all share in the profits together from each team in the league.

Today of all days we can and must do better.

Tax $ Support Racism

It is terrible to see tax dollars still supporting racism but it is true. Should the tax exempt status of the NFL offices be dropped the teams and league still have billions of dollars of income at their disposal to continue profitting from racism. This is not only about Native Americans, it is about how each and every American wants to see America as a country and us as a people with a shared history move into the future. The way teams are identified in sports continues teaching everyone stereotypes, sometimes at the youngest ages of childhood. We can and must do better.

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Today Our History Is Shared. Again.

In Minneapolis thousands of people came to protest the racist team name of the Washington D.C. NFL team when it played the Vikings. All Americans know history is in the past. This event is over. How many more must there be in our future?

Americans are better than the team, the identity and the racism. Send in your suggestions for new team names. Do not support the team or the league or those who sponsor them. The owners are businessmen. Show them we understand business. Get their attention. When their profits fall, so will the team names and identities.

Yikes Is An Understatement

This is honoring? Really?

Take a good look at this 1950's NFL team pennent. Mr. Snyder, are you still claiming this has always been to "honor" Native Americans? If you are, look again. Now do you see anything racist? If not show this to an expert on subconscious messaging:

Is all this team history honoring Native Americans?

It is time to change the name NFL owners. Are you listening? MLB the same issue applies to you.

All Native American Major League Team Identities Must Change

The Red****s issue in heating up and the same needs to happen for all Native Aerican team identities.

Here's a definition of racism I'm guessing most don't understand: Judging a group of people identified by race from a position of power. The "from a position of power" means only white people in America can be racist since overall it is white people in positions of power throughout America, in law, in society, in business and in politics.

When not white people judge white people negatively it is then called prejudice. Racism in this definition fits in the team discussions because the team owners of the Native American identified teams are wealthy, white and male--obviously each a position of power and when combined perhaps the most complete position of power in America today.

Cleveland fans--it is the 21st century, it is time to move away from both the MLB name and logo. Do the right thing finally. This is not some sort of PC issue, it is about real America, respect and decency for everyone and yes, rule of law. Once you know a fuller history of America turning people who were proud warriors, our ancestors' allies often, our ancestors' enemies occasionally and generally our neighbors today into cartdoon trivialities is just plain wrong.