A notoriously sue-happy law professor has formally petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to refuse to renew a radio station license owned by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder because, the professor alleges, using the word “Redskins” is “hate speech.”
The professor is John Banzhaf, reports The College Fix. He teaches public interest law at George Washington University, an institution so beset by deceit and scandal that U.S. News & World Report stripped its undergraduate college of its ranking in 2012. (RELATED: Cut Down! U.S. News ‘De-Ranks’ George Washington Univ. After Cheating Flap)
In his petition to the FCC, Banzhaf alleges that WWXX-FM (ESPN 980) is “deliberately, repeatedly, and unnecessarily” using the word “R*dskins” “especially in prime time,” which has an “adverse impact on impressionable young Indian as well as non-Indian children.”
Banzhaf refuses to write out the word “Redskins” in his petition. He compares the mascot to “N*gg*rs, Sp*cs, ‘W*tb*cks, Ch*nks,’ ”K*kes, C*nts, F*gs, etc.”
In his Twitter biography, Banzhaf glowingly describes himself in the third-person as being “known for his victories regarding smoking, obesity, discrimination, safety, environmental protection, etc.”
While Banzhaf may find his own number of legal victories impressive, his losses and hopeless frivolities are far more impressive.
Last year, just for example, Banzhaf forced students to lobby state and local governments to ban sugary beverages.
In 2011, he filed a human rights complaint against Catholic University of America after the school announced that it would no longer offer co-ed dorms.
In 2002, the litigious lawyer filed a product liability claim against McDonald’s alleging that its advertising makes little kids fat.
Banzhaf also receives embarrassingly bad reviews from students at Rate My Professor. Students call him “self-absorbed,” “super biased” and generally “horrible.” Banzhaf’s average overall rating is an abysmal 1.5.
The Washington Redskins have been facing substantial and prolonged scrutiny for the Redskins mascots name. In June, the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six federal trademarks for the Redskins name. (RELATED: 12 Trademarks Declared Less Offensive Than Redskins)
Also this summer, Democratic House Rep. Betty McCollum sent a stern letter to the owner of the Minnesota Vikings declaring that the Redskins are not welcome to play a scheduled NFL game against the Vikings at the football stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. (RELATED: Minnesota Democrat Calls Redskins Game At College Football Stadium ‘Racist’)
Despite all the criticism, the Redskins moniker remains hugely popular. More than seven in 10 Americans think the name should stay, according to a poll conducted by Langer Research for ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” and 68 percent of the 1,019 Americans polled said the name is not at all disrespectful to Native Americans. (POLL: Americans Still Oppose Liberals Push To Nix ‘Offensive’ Redskins Name)
Just 9 percent find the name disrespectful “a lot.” (RELATED: Mike Ditka Says Criticism Of Redskins’ Name Is ‘Horse S**t,’ Blames Controversy On Politically Correct Idiots’)