To celebrate America’s multicultural/multiracial identity, to affirm respect for the dignity of all our citizens, and to improve Cleveland’s and our national image, we the undersigned urge the Cleveland’s MLB Team to change its name and logo.
The Cleveland “Indians” baseball franchise took its present name in 1915 when stereotypes of Native people were embedded in the American imagination. Almost 100 years later, it is time to stop exploiting Native identity for entertainment and profit. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio can do better than that!
We believe that the Cleveland Major League Baseball franchise must change the team’s name and logo in a way that does not denigrate or stereotype any human population.
How can we be proud of a team that promotes negative stereotyping of Native people, including our own neighbors - those Native people who have made Cleveland their home? Even Native religion and identity have been commercialized.
We need to replace the current team name and logo with a name and logo of which we can be proud.