The time has come. As most of you know there has been a bit of..pandemonium going on about the Indians mascot Chief Wahoo, and the recent news that the ever popular logo, has been demoted. The Indians have designated Chief Wahoo for assignment as the secondary logo, and promote the ever popular block-C as the primary logo.
According to Paul Lukas who created a ruckus on twitter about the demotion, his confidential sources have confirmed this, but there has not been an official statement regarding the actual demotion. Instead, we know of a few changes for this 2014 season. No uniform changes, per say. The Indians have no uniform alterations slated for the 2014 season, which means as of now, Chief Wahoo will still be on the home baseball cap, and on the left sleeve of every jersey for at least this upcoming season. Looks to me, like this “demotion” is more of a symbolic demotion rather than a realistic demotion.
With this issue of portraying Native Americans in a negative way, symbolism matters. And when discussing Chief Wahoo, people realize that the symbolism of Chief Wahoo has become more controversial rather than simply metaphorical.
However, as most of the debate abut the “negative portrayal” of Native Americans in sports has centered around the Washington Redskins, there has been a continuous uprise in people calling for the retirement of Chief Wahoo through the Cleveland Indians organization.
It puts the Indians in a strange position, don’t you think? They don’t want to anger the devoted fans, because most of them, including myself are emotionally attached to Chief Wahoo. But then on the other hand, they can’t continue to deny the reality that the mascots and logos such as Chief Wahoo are harder to defend as we evolve as a society. Good or bad.
The Dolans are not Grade-A villains in Cleveland, but they are also not the most loved family due to the lack of willingness to spend money on the superstars. But say what you want about Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, but as least he has backed his teams name and logo, and hasn’t given any mixed signals. But the other issue is that if the Block-C is the teams new primary logo, will the fans like it as much or more than Chief Wahoo?
As the Indians have not come right out and directly said any of this about Chief Wahoo, let me say this. The facts say otherwise, and if you read between the lines, the phasing out of Chief Wahoo began back in 2011 from its road cap, and from the home batting helmets last season. Chief Wahoo was no where to be found during all the All Star Game festivities, and if you go to www. Indians.com , the Block-C dominates the home page with Chief Wahoo almost hidden.
I suppose it is only a matter of time until Chief Wahoo is a memory of the great Cleveland Indians teams of the 1990s.
What do you think? Tweet me @MarisaM24 and @isportsweb your opinions!