The Cleveland Indians have decided after much thought and discussion to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms effective for the 2019 season. The team which first used Chief Wahoo back in 1947, and in the next season won its second World Series Championship in franchise history. Coincidence? I think not!
“Wild Thing” Rick Vaughn is clearly not impressed by the decision, and who can blame him? Why is this logo all of a sudden now offensive? I get that back in the ’40’s “Times were different” and it was O.K. to put this on a uniform, but you seriously mean to tell me that people are so offended of the image of an Indian now that we must now remove it from a uniform? What’s next, we have to remove the Seminole from Florida State? The Redskins logo from Washington? The Utes from Utah? So on, and so forth. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said “Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game.” So you mean to tell me that diversity and inclusion means to get rid of something? We get so offended by anything and everything now-a-days it’s not even funny. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is enough butt hurt out there to get the name changed. (You know it’s coming)
Now for those of us that don’t agree with the move, do we have a legitimate gripe? As I said earlier, the times were different when they decided to add Chief Wahoo and back then, it seemed like the majority of Native Americans were OK with this move until about the 1970’s. So why are we so mad that it’s being removed? Are we going to boycott baseball because of this? To be honest, you’ll probably forget about it after a month of not seeing it. They’re still going to keep the logo, and use it on merchandise and in the stadium, it just won’t be on the jersey. To me, I guess I’m more upset about the movement than the act of removing the Chief Wahoo logo from the sleeve. I’m not even an Indians fan but from what I can gather, Indians fans aren’t too happy either. I think that too many people make such a big deal about something that’s been around for a long time and should stop being offended about this because I’ve heard so much contradictory arguments from Native Americans about how this is offensive or racist. But at the end of the day, does it really matter if an Indian logo is gone from a sleeve? I’m still going to watch the sport I love whether or not Chief Wahoo is on the Indians’ sleeves or not.
Besides, you should be more offended that the Red Sox still want J.D. Martinez…
Written By: Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)