For a few years now, there has been a lot of criticism of “racist” team names and logos. The Washington Redskins name and Cleveland Indians logo seem to be the target of most of the complaints, which is odd because the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Braves seem largely left alone.
Well anyway, it was announced the other day that the Indians would be scrapping the famous Chief Wahoo logo that they’ve always had after the 2018 season. This strikes me as a bit odd because they are letting the logo hang around for a whole ‘nother year. Also, they are only taking it off the on-field uniforms to replace it with the “block C” logo. They will still make money off of Chief Wahoo merch because they’ll still sell it to fans. It seems like they are only doing this halfway.
The other thing that is odd is that the logo is getting scrapped, but they still have the name “Indians.” If this is about it being racist, isn’t that a racist name? (I’m not advocating for them to change the name, I just think it’s odd that one thing is the focus when all of it is technically offensive)
Anyway, I love the Chief Wahoo logo and I love these team names but I get why they have to go. Personally, I’m don’t think of them in a bad light but I’m also not the one who gets to decide that because it’s not something that effects my culture. If people really are upset about it, then I guess it’s better to change it.
I do know that a LOT of people like Chief Wahoo and will continue to buy the gear featuring his likeness. The Indians know that and therefore it seems a bit disingenuous of them to say they are trying to do the right thing. They just want to make money and look good at the same time. We’ll see how that works out.