When one thinks of sports teams with racist tropes about Native Americans, the first team that comes to mind for most is the Washington Redskins football team. But they're not the only culprit. The Cleveland Indians have their own problematic logo. Theirs is of a fictional Native American named Chief Wahoo, complete with stereotypical 'red' skin. They removed the image from their primary hats back in 2013, but sleeves and home caps still sported it. That is, until today.
On Monday, the AP reported:
BREAKING: Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from game jerseys and caps, starting in 2019 season— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) January 29, 2018
Jordan Bastien, an MLB journalist who reports mainly on the Cleveland Indians, soon confirmed:
And an official press statement soon followed:
Of course, people had some feelings about this.
Some wondered about the marketing aspect:
Indians will maintain trademark and retail rights to Chief Wahoo. In other words, they're still going to make money off him.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) January 29, 2018
I'll be interested to see how little Chief Wahoo is used by the Indians outside of taking it off the caps and uniforms. I mean, everything goes back to marketing, right?— Ray Ratto (@RattoNBCS) January 29, 2018
Love Chief Wahoo. Please tell me this is just Marketing ploy to get us to buy more Wahoo stuff. Politcal correctness irritates.— Titan man (@Titanman57) January 29, 2018
With Chief Wahoo I don't think he should be at the forefront of their marketing because I don't see how it's sensible, but certainly there's a tradition there and he shouldn't be outright abandoned. Hard to make a non-offensive "Indians" logo, why the continued half-measures?— Anti-Sarkite (@BleedFalconsRed) January 29, 2018
Others applauded the decision:
But the change won't happen until 2019, which led to some consternation:
I love how this Indians thing isn't happening for a full calendar year, like taking a patch off of some baseball uniforms is a nuclear disarmament treaty— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) January 29, 2018
But many had concerns of a different nature:
I’ll keep wearing all my chief wahoo stuff and buying plenty more plain wahoo things thru 2019 ! Go tribe— sheets (@aaronsheets8) January 29, 2018
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