Dropping Chief Wahoo is big step forward for Cleveland team
It's a preemptive move by Cleveland in response to pressure on Washington NFL team, Ian Campeau says
The Cleveland Indians are dropping Chief Wahoo as their primary logo.
It's a gigantic step in the right direction to retire the extremely racist caricatured depiction of a First Nation person.
I believe this is a preemptive move by the Cleveland Major League Baseball organizationin response to the pressure that the Washington NFL organization has received over the past year.
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It's a good move, and in the right direction, but for now the logo will remain on caps and jersey sleeves. And we're still being stereotyped and labelled as "Indians" by the organization. They’re still exploiting us for non-indigenous profit by using the name. It’s still robbing us of our individual nationhood.
Until the team name is changed to something that doesn't marginalize by race, it will continue to receive criticism.
The youth football team in the Ottawa region, The Nepean Redskins, changed its name after a three-year social media campaign to have the team name retired. It wasn’t until the Human Rights Commission was invoked that a team for children as young as four switched its racially offensive name to the Nepean Eagles.
The Indians dropped Chief Wahoo without being in the hot seat.
It’s as if the Cleveland baseball organization is seeing a shift in the times and taking the necessary precautions to ensure their brand will survive under the camouflage of a stylized “C” — instead of a jovial, stereotypical idea of what an “Indian” looks like though a colonial lens.
Changing the logo isn’t the full desired result of ending socially acceptable racial oppression. But the fact that Cleveland dropped Chief Wahoo without the same pressure that was needed to change the Washington Redskins name is a great sign that times are changing for the better.