There’s been much controversy over the team name of the Washington Redskins in recent months which culminated with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revoking the team’s trademark because they deemed it disparaging to Native Americans.
Many on the left, including prominent Democrats in Congress like Harry Reid and even Obama, have inserted themselves into the controversy and demanded the team change its name. However despite the media attention and a more than decade long legal challenge, the Patent Office recently acknowledged that there hasn’t been any complaints over the Redskins’ team name.
The Washington Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency asking for any communication from Congress or the public. Their request yielded only 13 pages of correspondence and within it not a single complaint was found prior to the agency’s June 18 decision.
Of the 13 pages, six were a handwritten, seemingly incoherent letter from a man in Texas whose position on the team’s name wasn’t made clear. The rest was a letter from someone congratulating the agency on its decision but asked whether or not it would go after the United Negro College Fund.
According to the Times, both letters were sent to the agency after it revoked the team’s trademark.