On Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown, signed a bill that will ban California public schools from using the name “Redskins” for a team name or mascot. The bill that will go into effect on January 1, 2017, will allow schools to keep their uniforms with the logo on it as long as they were purchased before 2017, and the school picks a new mascot, team name or nickname.
In 2004, a similar bill was proposed but was vetoed by at the time Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The California Racial Mascots Act was approved by the state Assembly back in May. This was just a month before the Obama administrations went on record saying that in order to move to a stadium in Washington D.C. from their home in Maryland, the Washington Redskins would have to change their name.
The U.S. Patent Office canceled the Washington Redskins federal patent after agreeing that the nickname was derogatory towards Native Americans.
The National Congress of American Indians released a statement praising California for its decision saying that they have set a good example for all of the other states and future generations “by demonstrating a commitment to the American ideals of inclusion and mutual respect.”