The Cleveland Indians want to know what the team's fan base thinks about the Chief Wahoo logo.
With the Washington Redskins of the National Football League potentially eying a logo and name change in the near future, it appears that the Indians could be considering making a similar switch. The club has released an online survey that can be found here. Standard questions about attending Cleveland home games and also about the club's varying jerseys begin was seems to be a standard postseason survey. Then, near the end of the questionnaire, the participant is asked to give his/her opinion on the team's three logos.
The first logo that appears is not Chief Wahoo, but the so-called “Block C.” The individual taking the survey is asked to give a rating of “Strongly Disagree,” “Disagree,” “Neither Agree nor Disagree,” “Agree” or "Strongly Agree” to the following questions about the logo:
“This logo reflects the heritage of the Indians.”
“I feel a strong positive emotional connection to this logo.”
“This logo makes me proud of the Indians.”
“This logo represents more than a team – it represents the city of Cleveland.”
“This logo is an important part of my support for the Indians.”
The participant is then asked to answer the same questions about both the Chief Wahoo and Indians logos. Following those sections, the survey concludes with questions regarding jersey preferences and the amount of baseball and sports, in general, that you watch.
Chief Wahoo was eliminated from Cleveland batting helmets before the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season. The reasoning for that was later explained to be the cause of a new rule that allowed teams only one logo on home and road helmets. As of this past April, the club had no intentions of completely eliminating the Chief Wahoo logo from Indians jerseys and caps.
A popular opinion among those who have followed this story for several years is that the Indians name is likely to remain even if Chief Wahoo is eventually phased out. Indians on its own is not, unlike Redskins, seen as being a slur. There have, on the other hand, also been arguments made that the club should move away from both the name and Chief Wahoo.
I remember when the Indians first trotted out the Block C as a Chief Wahoo replacement. I wasn't a fan. Chief Wahoo had been in my life since I was a young child, and I really didn't see the big deal about what I deemed to be a harmless cartoon.
Then I realized that I had grow up. I got used to seeing the C. I got over it and quickly.
Whether or not you personally find Chief Wahoo to be offensive is irrelevant regardless of your background. The fact is that there are enough people out there who are offended, and with good reason. The truth of the matter is that people who think they feel passionately about the Indians keeping the team name and Chief Wahoo don't realize how little they actually care.
Nobody is turning on the club if Chief Wahoo is replaced. All conversations about the matter will be forgotten about in a couple of years at most. Make the switch, Cleveland, and let's all move on with our lives. It's the right thing to do for all parties.