Racists Square Off in Trademark Battle
Burnt Hills, NY (October 13, 2013) — Following the chant of a racial slur at a local football game, the controversy over the rightful and fair use of the phrase “Amsterico” heightened into what appears destined for trademark litigation amongst competing racists.
Long time Amsterdam NY racist John Q. Drewman spoke at a local gathering, “Amsterico rightfully belongs to the people of Amsterdam who coined this phrase decades ago and proudly pass it along generation to generation. For Burnt Hills to claim this phrase as part of a taunt is deeply disrespectful to our brand and trademark that we’ve built over the decades. We encourage other communities to use more subtle forms of racism, which are in the public domain, such as “those people” or “the Spanish” when disparaging Hispanics in our city. We will not stand by while other communities steal our prized trademark– Amsterico.”
Daniel Bunrthillson from Burnt Hills disagreed, “We have every right to chant Amsterico as we choose. It’s in the public domain so it can’t be trademarked. Furthermore, the chant is not racist at all as people in Amsterdam use that word so that means I can use it without being racist. This right is guaranteed to me under the associative property of racism which grants me the privilege to use racial slurs with impunity if that racial slur is used by others. We should not apologize to Amsterdam , Amsterdam should apologize to us. It’s just more political correctness aimed our way — why can’t I chant racial slurs with my kids at a football game just like my dad and me — it’s what brings us all closer together.”
In the spirit of calming the controversy and avoiding lengthy trademark litigation, local racists for Burnt Hills and Amsterdam put forth the following press release:
We encourage all parties to step back and move on from this evil of politcal correctness on the issue of race. Let’s reject the hurtful chants and instead, let each of our communities return to more subtle and less vocal forms of racism. Let’s all embrace modern notions of implied racism with terms such as “those people”, “social services” and “the Spanish” and other euphemisms which not only avoid trademark litigation, but also assure that we not critically examine issues of race. Let’s all take a lesson from local and national talk radio commentary with coded words for various ethnic and racial groups and let’s move on .”
Meanwhile, sizable majorities within each community expressed a spectrum of outrage toward the views expressed by Mr. Drewman and Mr. Bunrthillson. Many expressed embarrassment and shock at how badly this episode reflects on their respective community. Sadly, many also learned through social media how racism still thrives even in the younger generation, thanks in no small part, to previous generations.
We will follow this story as it develops but we expect no substantive resolution or progress on the underlying issue nor any lessening of how utterly discouraging it is to report on such matters.