On Monday the Cleveland Indians announced that they would no longer wear the image of the beloved Chief Wahoo on their uniforms. By doing away with the popular yet controversial logo that the team has featured since 1947, the Indians appear to have caved to pressure and possible extortion over hosting the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
The left did a war whoop and the happy dance after Chief Wahoo was scalped and unfortunately, it reinvigorated the zealots who have long been targeting the NFL’s Washington Redskins in their jihad for cultural purity.
The liberal pressure group “Change the Mascot” is now demanding that the Redskins follow suit.
Cleveland’s decision should finally compel the Washington football team to make the same honorable decision. For too long, people of color have been stereotyped with these kinds of hurtful symbols. https://t.co/eIN9Cg4hfD
— Change The Mascot (@ChangeDCMascot) January 29, 2018
The Change the Mascot campaign on Monday applauded the Cleveland Indians for agreeing to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019 and challenged the NFL’s Washington Redskins to discontinue the use of their own “hurtful” nickname.
“The Cleveland baseball team has rightly recognized that Native Americans do not deserve to be denigrated as cartoon mascots, and the team’s move is a reflection of a grassroots movement that has pressed sports franchises to respect Native people,” Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter, who is the leader of the campaign, said in a statement.
“Cleveland’s decision should finally compel the Washington football team to make the same honorable decision. For too long, people of color have been stereotyped with these kinds of hurtful symbols — and no symbol is more hurtful than the football team in the nation’s capital using a dictionary- defined racial slur as its team name. Washington Owner Dan Snyder needs to look at Cleveland’s move and then look in the mirror and ask whether he wants to be forever known as the most famous purveyor of bigotry in modern sports, or if he wants to finally stand on the right side of history and change his team’s name. We hope he chooses the latter.”
The Change the Mascot campaign has been a long-standing critic of the Redskins’ name and describes itself as “a grassroots campaign that works to educate the public about the damaging effects on Native Americans arising from the continued use of the R-word.”
The Redskins declined comment when contacted by ESPN.
My God people, get a freaking life.
The team has had the nickname since 1933 when it was still playing in Boston.
Now comes a real stunner. According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the team is not expected to change its name nor did he threaten Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. It’s the first time all year long that the $40 million a year commish didn’t side with SJW’s.