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.