It's been 20 years since a professional football game was played in Los Angeles. For our second-largest city, with all of its wealth, entrepreneurial spirit and energy, that's simply not acceptable. True, you have near-professional quality some years with UCLA and USC. Unfortunately, it's not quite the same.
While this is the first step in what could become a lengthy judicial proceeding, it reflects a growing recognition in our country that we have begun to move beyond the racial slurs of the past. It is no longer acceptable in our multicultural nation to insult each other based on the color of our skin, our heritage, or our religion.
The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us: Are we going to show respect for our nation's original citizens?