As we approach the end of 2014, over the next few weeks we'll be presenting some of the best interviews and discussions we had to offer this year.
We start with this interview of Amanda Blackhorse, a central figure in a story that received a lot of attention this year: the campaign to get the Washington Redskins, an NFL franchise, to change their name.
Blackhorse and four other Native American activists successfully petitioned the U.S. Patent Office to cancel the Redskins' trademark registration on the grounds the name was derogatory. Dropping the registration doesn't mean the Redskins have to change their name. What it does mean, as the CBC reported, is "the name can be used by anyone, including those who wish to mock the team or draw attention to what could be deemed as a racist name."
Blackhorse's fight against the Redskins isn't over: Team owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the name, and is now suing her and the four others who got the Patent Office to cancel the team's trademarks.
In her interview with Steve Paikin, Blackhorse explained why she and her colleagues decided to launch this campaign against the Redskins' name and why the use of such trademarks is so toxic.
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