Remove "Progressive" Name from Gateway Baseball Stadium
Since 1973, there has been a solidified effort from Cleveland American Indian Movement, Cleveland-area Natives, and our supporters to engage Cleveland Baseball to re-brand; both the exploitative “Indians” team name as well as the extremely racist red-faced caricature “Wahoo” must change.
To that end, we seek your support in asking The Progressive Corporation to remove its name from the baseball stadium until such time as Cleveland Baseball re-brands. Progressive bills itself as beholden to a firm set of core values which includes the “Golden Rule”, as found on its website:
We respect all people, value the differences among them and deal with them in the way we want to be dealt with. This requires us to know ourselves and to try to understand others.” [our emphasis]
We firmly believe that attaching the Progressive name to institutionalized racism directly contradicts this proclaimed core value, and sends the insidious message that racism is somehow “progressive”.
We challenge The Progressive Corporation to sever their involvement with Cleveland Baseball, and to place respect for “all people” above profit.
We hope you will lend us your support in this effort.
Cleveland American Indian Movement
Remove "Progressive" Name From Gateway Baseball Stadium
I do not believe this statement on your website reflects your current relationship with the Native community in Cleveland:
We respect all people, value the differences among them and deal with them in the way we want to be dealt with. This requires us to know ourselves and to try to understand others.“
In the spirit of respect and trying to “understand others”, I challenge you to place people before profits as your core value by removing the Progressive name from the baseball stadium at Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex. Your support of Cleveland Baseball's exploitative “Indians” team name and it racist "Wahoo" logo sends the insidious message to our children that racism is somehow "progressive".
Racism is regressive. Please do not support Cleveland Baseball until it changes its team name and logo.
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