BREAKING: The Indians will remove Chief Wahoo from their uniforms and hats following the 2018 season. pic.twitter.com/guuMHCdU65— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) January 29, 2018
It's about time the Cleveland Indians get rid of their racist Native American mascot, Chief Wahoo. The mascot served as the team's main logo for nearly 100 years and will finally be removed in 2019, according to Mashable.
The team made the announcement via The New York Times, stating that the caricature would be eradicated from its current set of jerseys, however, it wouldn't be completely gone.
Since 1948, the controversial logo has been attached to the team, and now "Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion," Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement. So, "the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball."
But the logo will still appear on merchandise for sale in stores across northern Ohio and in the team's shop because, well, they're just not letting go.
Some people can't seem to part with Chief Wahoo as they've grown up seeing it flash across their TV screens or at games, but at some point, their conscience has to kick in. According to Mashable, "it will likely still sell quite well" despite protests against the logo.
This move totally undermines the progress the team claims it wants to make. It's still a slap in the face to Native Americans because even though they don't have to see Chief Wahoo on the field, there will still be fans walking down the street proudly wearing the merchandise. Why not just abandon it all together?
Well, when there's money to be made, who cares, right?
For those wondering why the @Indians will still be selling merchandise with Chief Wahoo on it, that's to satisfy "use in commerce". It's a requirement for the team/league to maintain ownership of the trademark #SportsBiz— Eben Novy-Williams (@novy_williams) January 29, 2018
Owner Paul Dolan is clearly unconcerned and doesn't care that this still makes a mockery of Native American culture.
"You can't help but be aware of how many of our fans are connected to Chief Wahoo," he said to Cleveland.com. "We grew up with it. I remember seeing the little cartoon of The Chief in the paper each day, showing if the Indians won or lost."
This is coming from a Dolan, whose cousin James Dolan was accused by Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green of having a "slave master mentality." They just can't seem to take a step completely outside of their privileged bubbles.