Midstaters have strong feelings over crusade for Redskins name-change

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins football team should be stripped of federal trademark protection because the name is “disparaging” to Native Americans.

We sampled public opinion at Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg.

“Irritates me,” said Bill Minnich of Mechanicsburg about the pressure on the team to change the name. “After all the years the Redskins being around being called the Redskins, I don’t think it should ever change.”

“Well, I’m not a fan of the Redskins,” said Kelly Lougee of Mechanicsburg. “I like the Vikings, but I don’t think they should have to change their name. They’ve had the name for too long.”

“I don’t think they should change it,” said Bob Sheaffer of Harrisburg. “It’s been like that all these years and it should stay.”

There was sentiment on the other side of the issue.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Janet McGinley of Mechanicsburg. “I feel it’s culturally acceptable to change the name. The Redskins is a derogatory term for Native Americans.”

“I don’t really have a strong opinion one way or the other on whether they should,” said Andy Ostrowski of Susquehanna Township. “I hope they take into consideration what everybody’s saying and how they feel. Hopefully, they’ll do the right thing.”

There is the thought among many that political correctness has gone too far.

“I think it’s fine. I think people are too sensitive,” said Joe Donohue of Harrisburg. “I mean, I’ve seen it and I’m Indian. It doesn’t bother me.”

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