Should the Cleveland Indians bring back Chief Wahoo? | The Tylt
Should the Cleveland Indians bring back Chief Wahoo?
A racist logo has been removed from the league, and MLB is better for it.
Chief Wahoo is a symbol of the racist characterization of marginalized communities. As society evolves, the public should rid itself of offensive caricatures like Chief Wahoo. For the Cleveland Indians, the move took a while, but at least it happened. Goodbye, Wahoo.
What's so offensive about Chief Wahoo? People are up in arms about the image but can't articulate what makes it so offensive. Here is Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe with more:
Chief Wahoo was created in 1946 at the request of Bill Veeck, the legendary baseball impresario who was then the Indians’ owner. Veeck hired a designer hired to come up with an emblem that “would convey a spirit of pure joy and unbridled enthusiasm."
According to this explanation, the logo does not come from a place of hate and bigotry. The suggestion that the logo equates to actual racism cheapens real racist experiences. People should see Chief Wahoo is harmless.