Cleveland Indians float idea of rettiring Cheif Wahoo

Cleveland Indians implement extremely tiny steps to maybe phase out Chief Wahoo

10/23/13 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Cleveland Indians float idea of rettiring Cheif WahooWhile the Washington Redskins name and mascot have been under fire lately from everyone from Bob Costas to President Obama, the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo mascot has been grinning away unnoticed. The most unapologetically racist mascot in all the major pro sports has emerged oddly unscathed from the recent attention to the Redskins' name and iconography. But the Cleveland Indians organization has taken note, and they're taking itty-bitty baby steps maybe address the matter. They've sent out a poll to season ticket holders asking for their fans' general sentiment about the Chief Wahoo logo.

That does not mean the Indians are going to change or retire the Chief Wahoo logo. This does not even mean the Cleveland Indians will begin considering changing or retiring the Chief Wahoo logo. But it does mean that the organization considers it a topic worth addressing, and may be laying the groundwork for an eventual logo change.

Crain's Business Cleveland reports that the Cleveland Indians are asking for fan sentiment about the Chief Wahoo logo, possibly as an early stage tactic to lay the groundwork for changing the logo.

The Indians continuously survey our fans on all matters of the organization,” an Indians spokesperson told Crain's. “In this instance, the feedback on logos and uniforms was a small part of an overarching fan satisfaction survey and represents a normal course of action in our effort to ultimately provide the best fan experience possible."

Blog Photo - Cleveland Indians float idea of rettiring Cheif WahooIf you think the current Chief Wahoo is bad, you should see the one the club used from 1946-1950. (You can see it, right there at left). As a lifelong Indians fan, I never understood why they couldn't just change the name of the team to "The Tribe" and get rid of Chief Wahoo.

The Indians considered retiring Chief Wahoo in 1993, when they moved to Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field). A pro-Wahoo fan movement successfully discouraged the move.

Native American advocates have been protesting the logo at Indians opening day games every year for the last 40 years. "We continue to insist that Cleveland Baseball abolish use of the clearly bigoted, racist, and shameful 'Indians' team name and the despicable 'Chief Wahoo' logo," the Cleveland American Indian Movement said in a statement this year.
 

If you would like to jam the survey with your responses, you can find the Indians' survey on Chief Wahoo online. Anyone can fill it out! But you have to answer, like, 16 other questions first.
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10/29/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

There is nothing wrong with the team nickname.  Indians works just fine.  But I do see how dear old Chief Wahoo can be an offensive stereotype.  Frankly, if the Cleveland Indians had the Redskins logo I see no problem.  Regarding the Redskins...  The logo is just fine.  It's the insulting and racist nickname that has to go.  To anyone who thinks the nickname "Redskins" as harmless ask yourself.  If the team never existed until today and the new expansion team owner wanted to call his team the "Redskins"...  How do you think it would be received?

10/25/13   |   enviroarts

People Not Mascots' Logo
Artist: David Jakupca
  Acrylic on Canvas 22" x 28" 1992 Signed Lower Right
  Current Owner assumed to be Lake Erie Native American Council (LENAC)

The 'People Not Mascots' Logo is meant to be a Native American protest caricature of the Cleveland Indians Baseball team. It was originally painted by David Jakupca, it has drawn criticism from some sportswriters, fans and local businessmen, but gained immediate acceptance among humanitarian, religious groups and Native Americans. It gained international popular attention when it was it exhibited by ICEA at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria and has become one of the most recognized anti-racists logo's in existence (Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts). It also caused repercussions for the groups connected with usung the logo and this has been documented in the INTERNECINE MATRIX..
Reference Links:
INTERNECINE MATRIX  http://theicea.com/page21
WIKIPEDIA  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Wahoo

10/24/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

yeah... like a lot of questions.. like no crying in baseball...