The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark for the Washington Redskins Wednesday on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The term’s origin is debated, but it became commonly used to describe the bloody scalps of Native Americans, which were sold for profit.
The football team, which was originally based in Boston and called the Braves, reportedly changed its name to Redskins in 1933 avoid confusion with the baseball team of the same name.
Over the next few decades, sports journalists seemed to delight in using scalping imagery in their stories. Here are some examples:
- One person died and more than 100 others were injured after a commuter train crashed into a New Jersey Transit station in Hoboken.
- Fans of Donald Trump say Bill Clinton's past indiscretions are fair game at the next debate.
- Asos workers at the heart of its global retail empire say they're being treated like machines to deliver fast fashion.