Chief Wahoo: Classic, Controversial

The Cleveland Indians unveiled changes to their uniform set this past week, the changes focused mainly on cleaning up the script that is worn on the chests of the home and alternate jerseys. What remained untouched was a polarizing piece of their team identity, one which we will examine the history of in today’s piece.

Always controversial, the Cleveland Indians’ “Chief Wahoo” logo has been a part of the baseball landscape for over 60 years.

I examine the history of the Chief Wahoo logo as well as the Indians in the remainder of this article, which you can continue reading at The Score

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4 Responses to Chief Wahoo: Classic, Controversial

  1. metssince64 says:

    Being 50+ years old I come from a generation that wasn’t quite as “politically correct” as we are today. These days you have to watch every little thing you say or someone will get offended. I do not believe in being blatantly disrespectful or offensive, but let’s grow a thicker skin and get our priorities in order. Native americans have played a great role in north american history and culture and are a great people. If 91 percent of them are not bothered by chief wahoo, then I’m not going to let it bother me either.

  2. Nico says:

    you do realize that you defended the name and not the logo in that article, right?

  3. Bruce Wayne's cousin says:

    Well said Nico. Well said.

    The name “Indians” can honor our Native American heritage, but the logo disrespects it.

    Let’s relocate the Rays to New Orleans and call the the New Orleans Negros to honor our southern heritage and for a logo put a cartoon character in “Black Face”. That would go over just as well.

    The new “I” in the Indians hat should be the new primary or maybe a spear or something like the Braves that honors vs disrespects or makes fun of. Things like this were used often in old Disney cartoons and old Looney Tune cartoons to “poke fun” at other races. Watch them and look closely. That stuff wouldn’t fly today and neither should this. It’s 2012 almost and it’s time for a change.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bring back the seventies logo and it’ll be a bit better. At least it won’t be red.

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