The American Indian Movement has been protesting the silly-looking Chief Wahoo for decades.
Published October 10, 2018
CLEVELAND – When the Cleveland Indians were eliminated Monday night from the American League Division Serices, after being swept by the Houston Astros, the team’s longtime mascot, Chief Wahoo was retired.
Many American Indians find Chief Wahoo to be a silly-looking caricature and does not represent American Indian culture well.
Back in January, the team’s owner Paul Dolan agreed to do away with the offensive caricature of an American Indian after receving pressure from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
“During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding 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,” Commissioner Manfred said in January.
The racist logo has been subject of protests for decades. An official of the American Indian Movement – Ohio chapter said in January, the team was taking baby steps then and wondered why they decided to use the Chief Wahoo logo during this baseball season.
While the logo will be retired from the Cleveland Indians uniforms, it is subject to be used in merchandising.