Petitioner Wants FCC To Ref ‘Redskins’ Debate

Law professor John F. Banzhaf III has filed a petition at the FCC calling on it to deny license renewal for Washington Redskins-owned WWXX-FM, because, he claims, the word “Redskins” is — in the eyes of both American Indians and non-Indians — an offensive ethnic slur and that its use “constitutes hate speech” and might cause “hate crimes against Indians.”