January 29, 2018

Say Goodbye To Chief Wahoo In 2019 ... Well, Not Really

The American League baseball team based in Cleveland will not have its racist-beyond-any-question Chief Wahoo logo on its uniforms beginning with the 2019 season.

However ...

The team will still sell merchandise featuring Wahoo at the unfortunately-named Progressive Field and in northern Ohio because it needs to "maintain a retail presence" so that Major League Baseball and the team "can keep ownership of the trademark".

Profits must be maintained above all else, certainly well before any silly thoughts of common decency.

Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement (so he would not have to attempt to keep a straight face while claiming): "Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game."

Phillip Yenyo, the executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio:
Why wait [until 2019]? If you are going to go this far and get rid of it, why not do it now? All they are doing is testing it out, because the name has to go, too. The nickname absolutely has to go.
The act of shelving the Wahoo logo ... partially ... eventually ... is good. But Cleveland's management must change the odious nickname if it wants people to believe the organization is truly serious about ending its long history of racism.

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