The Cleveland Indians has decided to remove its controversial logo, Chief Wahoo. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred encouraged the team to change the design on its uniforms, where it had been placed since 1948.
Although some fans feel attached to the logo, others feel, as a New York Times article describes, "the use of ethnic groups as mascots and nicknames for teams is demeaning."
Manfred explained the decision in a statement:
"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game. Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club's use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, [Indians owner] Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a long-standing attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.
"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan's acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course."
Groups are pressuring the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves to change their names.
- Do you find the Chief Wahoo symbol offense? Why or why not? If not, how would you describe the position of those who do?
- Did the Cleveland Indians make the right decision? Some believe Manfred overstepped by pressuring the team. What are your thoughts?