Law Professor Wants the R-Word Off the Air

The ABA Journal reports that a George Washington University law professor has filed an FCC petition opposing the renewal of a radio station’s license over its use of the term “redskins.”  The professor, John Banzhaf, maintains that the name of Washington’s NFL team is a racially derogatory word that should be viewed in the same light as the “n-word,” and points out that a radio station that repeatedly used the “n-word” in sports broadcasts would lose its license.  The FCC petition follows a June ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelling all six of the team’s REDSKINS trademark registrations on the basis that the term is disparaging to Native Americans.  Read the full article here, and the full petition here.

Reposted from the ABA Journal.