• Petitioned The Cleveland MLB Team

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The Cleveland MLB Team: Indigenous Peoples' identity is not for sale.

    1. Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance
    2. Petition by

      Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance

      Cleveland, OH

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.

 

To:
The Cleveland MLB Team
IndIndigenous Peoples' identity is not for sale.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • val yoder PHILA, PA
      • 9 months ago

      I wanted to root for Cleveland when they were in the wild card spot to go into the playoffs, but that logo is so offensive, and such a remnant of a time when it was ok to make fun of anyone who didn't have white skin. It was just too hard to see it over and over again. Honestly, I can't believe anyone can even look at this uniform once and not be offended.

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    • Jana Stacy FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Until you've been targeted in your school by your so called "classmates" because of these mascots and images, you cling to,,,Ndn people and especially our children suffer indignaties so white people can make money on games. Wonder if it would be so blatant if the team was the saints and it was a fat asian woman dressed up as the pope doing a fake mass and throwing holy water around say some fake hail mary's,,,I'm sure the catholics won't mind. We can even have nuns in bikinis doing the halftime show,,,it's all just good fun and games,,,,right.

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    • Laura Ferrando PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I too am ashamed of my city and of the priorities of its sports fans.

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    • melanie mcbee MILWAUKEE, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I am full blooded native American. You have no right to depict something that is sacred to my people. Our regalia isn't just clothing....it is made from sacred visions and is unique and personal to every individual. It is absolutely ignorant and disrespectful for you to depict something sacred to my people and then call it Indian. We are NOT Indian.....Indians are from India!!! My people are the indigenous to the Americas.....we are native......

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    • Catherine Romancik CHARDON, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      The dignity of every person should be upheld.

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