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Etsy to Ban Redskins Name and Logo

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On Tuesday, Etsy, the huge e-commerce website that sells handmade and vintage items, announced it would no longer sell Redskins products.

According to the Associated Press, products with the team’s name and logo will be taken down, but sellers will be allowed to continue selling items with the team’s colors and location.

A “Policy Update” was posted on Blog.Etsy.com explaining the decision to ban some of the team’s products. Here is a portion of that statement:

"You may have been following the struggle of one ethnic group that has made a lot of headlines lately: Native Americans and their fight against the Washington, D.C. professional football team name and mascot, which they have long considered offensive, disparaging, and racist. This very poignant ad was followed by a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team’s trademarks. Following this decision, an increasing number of public figures, politicians, schools, news publications, and private companies have spoken out in protest of the name and mascot.

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Like the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, we at Etsy find the opinion of the minority group itself to carry most weight in determining whether the mascot is disparaging,” their policy says. “In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term “redskin(s)” is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.”

To read the full statement click here.