Etsy’s Bold Statement – No More Redsk*ns

Etsy’s Bold Statement – No More Redsk*ns
Via Etsy
Via Etsy

Another small victory for the Change the Mascot movement. Effective immediately Etsy will no longer allow any item to be sold via their website that includes the Washington NFL team's logo or the term Redsk*ns.

Straight from the Etsy blog post:

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.

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. 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.

We understand that fans wish to support their favorite football team, and we do not believe that fans who are attached to the mascot have any racist feeling or intent. We also understand that some fans view the name and mascot as an homage to Native Americans, and we do not doubt their noble intent, but the fact remains that Native Americans themselves find the term unacceptable.

Sellers are welcome to continue selling items that contain the team colors and location, but items containing the name or the logo will no longer be allowed. This change takes effect today.

Let's hope hipster headdresses might also be banned soon. One can hope!

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

2 Comments on “Etsy’s Bold Statement – No More Redsk*ns”

  • Avatar for jane



    Seriously…with all the problems in the world like child sex trafficking…you are focusing energies on BANNING small shops from selling sports paraphernalia that was not upsetting to most people (iuncluding many Native Americans) until the latest PC hysteria? And now you want headdresses to be banned too? Stop being a bunch of fascists and get your priorities straight. Shame on you for being a bunch of overly sensitive jerks.

    • Avatar for alice



      No, seriously. Etsy should really put a ban on all the child sex being trafficked on their website, right? And if it’s not upsetting to most people then it must be perfectly acceptable, right? (In case you’re not bright enough to pick up on sarcasm, that was sarcasm meant to point out how illogical your argument is.) And, yes. Headdresses too.

      I won’t say shame on you, because it isn’t your fault you’ve been poorly educated.

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