Cleveland Baseball: Retire the "Chief Wahoo" logo
  • Petitioned Cleveland Baseball Fans

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The corner of Carnegie and Ontario
Cleveland Baseball Fans
Owner, Cleveland Indians Baseball Team
Larry Dolan
Commissioner of Baseball
Allan H. "Bud" Selig

Cleveland Baseball: Retire the "Chief Wahoo" logo

    1. Sam Kay
    2. Petition by

      Sam Kay

      Columbus, OH

Cleveland fans have lived with the Indians name and logo for decades, but it is time to wake up and confront the fact that "Chief Wahoo" is a racist symbol that does real harm to real people. Why do something about it now? Because the logo should have been eliminated years ago. This isn't about "political correctness," it's about respect for fellow humans.

Cleveland Baseball has a rich and storied history spanning more than a century: from Bob Feller to Rocky Colavito, from Municipal Stadium to The Jake, from 455 to Tom Hamilton and "the corner of Carnegie and Ontario." We broke the color line in the American League in 1947, the year before we won our second World Series. As we write the next chapter of Cleveland Baseball history, let's not pass on a racist legacy to future generations of fans.

This isn't about judging or scolding our fellow fans. (Most of us have worn "Chief Wahoo" before, perhaps very recently.) This isn't about taking the fun out of the game. This is an opportunity to get people to think twice about something that many of us have taken for granted for too long.

Clevelanders have been trying to change this from the moment the original logo was introduced. Signing a petition is only part of the struggle. Show your support by wearing "Wahoo-free" merchandise, bringing posters to games, and letting your family and friends know that there's no such thing as innocuous racism.

To:
Cleveland Baseball Fans, The corner of Carnegie and Ontario
Larry Dolan, Owner, Cleveland Indians Baseball Team
Allan H. "Bud" Selig, Commissioner of Baseball
Racism has no place in baseball. It's time to change the "Indians" name and drop the "Chief Wahoo" logo.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

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      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      Another Front in the Redskins' Name-Change Battle: Cleveland?

      In October, during the Cleveland Indians' evening-long playoff run, a few of the team's fans fumbled their way into minor Internet infamy. Three men in the seats of Progressive Field had painted their faces bright red and doodled larger-than-human smiles over their own, achieving the likeness of their team's Chief Wahoo logo.

    2. The Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a stand against the "Chief Wahoo" logo!

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      The Tribe should retire Chief Wahoo once and for all: editorial

      When the Cleveland Indians break training camp in March for the start of the Major League Baseball season , they should do so without one of their veterans. About our editorials Plain Dealer editorials express the view of the editorial board -- the publisher, editor and editorial-writing staff.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
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      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      Proud To Be

      Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post: DC Team @redskins Facebook.com/redskins http://www.redskins.com/footer/contact-us.html Roger Goodell & NFL @NFL @NFLcommish https://www.facebook.com/NFL Washington Post DC's hometown paper is still using the R-word in its coverage of the team.

    5. The Indians are still peddling the bogus Louis Sockalexis story

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      The Indians are still peddling the bogus Louis Sockalexis story

      If you ask most people how the Cleveland Indians got their name, they will tell you it has something to do with Louis Francis Sockalexis, a Native American who played 94 games across three seasons for the Cleveland Spiders at the end of the 19th century.

    6. Cleveland Baseball polling fans about the "Chief Wahoo" logo

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer

      Cleveland Baseball is surveying certain fans to find out how emotionally attached they are to Chief Wahoo.
      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/23/the-indians-are-surveying-attitudes-about-chief-wahoo/

      Let the team know what you think by sharing this petition with others and emailing them at fanfeedback@indians.mlb.com.

      The Indians are surveying attitudes about Chief Wahoo

      Well, not just Chief Wahoo. Lots of things. But Wahoo is in there. Via my friend Monte the Color Man, the Indians are sending out surveys to people who have purchased tickets through their website or who are otherwise registered there, and it covers all manner of topics.

    7. Cleveland columnist Mark Naymik on Chief Wahoo

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      Washington Redskins' mascot controversy makes Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo look even more stupid and racist: Mark Naymik

      CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Chief Wahoo should quit smiling. The growing controversy around the Washington Redskins' name and logo is highlighting again the indefensible position of using a stereotype to represent a sports franchise. The controversy, being fueled by some prominent sportswriters and political leaders, just might turn into an awakening that kills - or at least permanently weakens -- the Redskins name.

    8. Momentum builds to change 'Redskins' name

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer

      The NFL has agreed to meet with a Native American tribe regarding the "Redskins" name as more journalists and civic leaders call for a change.
      http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9788410/nfl-says-meet-tribe-washington-redskins-name

      Cleveland Baseball: Retire the "Chief Wahoo" logo

      It is a difficult fact for any Cleveland fan to confront because we have lived with the Cleveland Indians name and logo for decades, but "Chief Wahoo"...

    9. President Obama takes stand against Native American mascots

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      Obama: 'I'd think about changing' Washington Redskins team name

      It was the first time Obama, a big sports fan who roots for teams from his native Chicago, had been asked his opinion publicly on the controversy surrounding the name of Washington's professional football franchise.

    10. Redface at the Wildcard Game

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer

      Sadly, this is a familiar sight for Cleveland fans. Please share this petition to help take the racism out of Cleveland baseball.

      http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/cleveland-indians-red-face-fans-accused-of-racism-100213

      Indians fans redface raises eyebrows

      Cleveland fans turned out to cheer their Indians at Wednesday nights AL wild-card game, but not every show of support was a good look.

    11. Reached 10,000 signatures
    12. Contest for best caricature of Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer
      Artists, Call for Entries: Make Larry Dolan into Grinning Idiot Mascot | Rust Wire

      This is Larry Dolan. Dolan owns the Cleveland Indians. He's the guy who makes money from selling t-shirts with grotesque, offensive characterizations of native Americans on them, at least he's the main one. I hate the Cleveland Indian's logo. I have some close friends in Cleveland that are native American and they hate it also.

    13. Slate takes stand against Indian mascots

      Sam Kay
      by Sam Kay
      Petition Organizer

      Slate will no longer use the word "Redskins" when referring to the NFL team from Washington, D.C. It would be nice to see some Cleveland outlets go Wahoo-free!
      http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2013/08/washington_redskins_nickname_why_slate_will_stop_referring_to_the_nfl_team.html

      Why Slate Will No Longer Refer to Washington's NFL Team as the Redskins

      This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins. For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians. They have collected...

    14. Reached 8,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Delbra Eastman RAPID CITY, SD
      • 3 months ago

      No one should be subjected to any form of humiliation. This shows a lack of respect, even if it was not meant to be disrespectful. Many people of today have forgotten that respect and trust is built over a period of time, and to be so flagrant about the usage of a symbol in such a manner is not respectful.

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    • Richard Burland GOLD BAR, WA
      • 3 months ago

      They have to have respect for us.....

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    • Bud papin POLSON MT., MT
      • 3 months ago

      its about being respectful

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    • Justin Nicholes INDIANA, PA
      • 3 months ago

      As we become members of an increasingly global society, we need to also revise the words we use. Racial slurs (Redskins) and caricatures (Chief Wahoo) should be changed so that all fans (like me, a life-long Cleveland Indians fan) can enjoy the sport unconditionally.

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    • Jasmine McCalla DECATUR, GA
      • 4 months ago

      I am a Native American and I hate the fact that people feel entitled to use our stereo typical 'face' as a Mascot. Not only have their ancestors attempted to radicate us, then opress the survivors but they feel like they're honoring us but throwing those bullshit cartoon on teams.

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