Victory for Native Americans: Cleveland Indians to remove racist logo from uniforms
The Cleveland Indians just announced that they will be removing the Chief Wahoo Indian logo from their uniforms beginning with the 2019 season. For decades, Native American tribes have fought over this racist logo. They say the red face, smiling Indian is extremely offensive to Native Americans everywhere.
“Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.” ~ ESPN via Associated Press
In recent years, the Cleveland Indians have felt the pressure to get rid of their racist logo. The team has slowly been transitioning away from the logo by introducing a block "C" insignia on some of their caps and removing signs of the Chief Wahoo in and around their home stadium.
While the removal of the Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms is a small victory for Native Americans, there is still much work to be done. The name of the team is still offensive and should be changed. "If they don't get rid of the name, then you're still going to have fans going down there wearing headdresses and painted in redface,” said Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio.
The Washington Redskins have also been under enormous pressure to change their logo and team name. Unfortunately, a Supreme Court ruling last year has allowed the Redskins to preserve the trademark on their racist logo.