Cleveland–the only MLB team with an irrefutably racist team name.
- Racism: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
- Racist: a person or action supporting racism, having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another
- Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics
The team, the City anf MLB deserve the balck eye on the lake.
Hate Mail & Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron is working for the Atlanta Braves, still identifying racism through the hate mail he personally receives and the low number of African American players on the MLB rosters. Both situations are deplorable. Both situations are troubling.
I wonder, how much of both are tied to the fact that the MLB still endorses racism through the team identities exploiting Native Americans? Fans, seeing racism supported against one race, can easily believe MLB is racist, underneath public declarations otherwise.
Behavior and actions speak far louder than words.
If a white businessman or businesswoman started a business can called it “N***…s Are Great” and used a silly cartoon person as the logo while claiming to honor people of color because of the “Great” in the name do you thinnk that would be OK? If so why? If not, why not?
Dolan family, this is essentially what you are doing with the Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo. I am saying this as an American woman, an active member of my church and a mother. This is about all of us and basic human decency and respect, by everyone for everyone. The basic respect of one human being for another is the foundation of a decent society and a good country.
Mr. Larry and Mr. Paul Dolan it is for you to look in the mirror and at each other and conside, for yourselves, your team, your community and your families across the generations: are you part of what is a good future for America or are you part of the problem? I ask the same question for all team owners, players, staff and the MLB organization itself.
We Do Not Understand What We Do Not See
A recent poll shows the difference between perceptions of violence, prejudice and discriminatioin based on race and points out America is more segregated than in the late 19960s, before bussing in schools. People who live in mixed race neighborhoods are less prejudiced than those surrounded by only people of their own race.
Cleveland has a quilt of neighborhoods–but they are becoming more and more narrow. Open the debate on the name and logo Mr Mayor Jackson, Council President Kelley and all of City council–increase understanding and educate an entire new generation in accurate history and real understanding.
MLB, it is time to change up the team lineup. Together we all can make this happen.
Only 1 Part Missing
Generally a good review of the history of the name and logo in Cleveland. One important part is missing–the 1999 lawsuit filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission against the Cleveland Municipal Stadium Corporation and the team, as well as prior lawsuits. What happened with the last lawsuit?
I know because I was a party to that filing. We did expect a negative ruling and received one. The overall legal enviroment and a few other cases led us to decide to find other ways to bring about the change.
Now, with social media, increasing international play by the MLB and Cleveland getting attention and focus on this issue it is time for even the Dolan family and Mr. Larry Dolan to step up to the plate and take a really good swing at revamping the entire team identity. If he does not have the heart for the good of the game he needs to find someone who does.
A Good Start
Highlighting the racism of Chief Wahoo online and also in Cleveland Scene More is needed–both the name and logo have to go.