Cleve­land In­di­ans to drop Chief Wa­hoo logo from uni­forms

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

CLEVE­LAND (AP) — The Cleve­land In­di­ans are drop­ping the Chief Wa­hoo logo from their uni­forms next year af­ter decades of protests and com­plaints that the grin­ning, red-faced car­i­ca­ture used in one ver­sion or an­other since 1947 is racist.

The move, an­nounced Mon­day, came af­ter pro­tracted dis­cus­sions be­tween team owner Paul Dolan and base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred.

“Ma­jor League Base­ball is com­mit­ted to build­ing a cul­ture of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion through­out the game,” Man­fred said in a state­ment. He said the logo “is no longer ap­pro­pri­ate for on-field use.”

The de­ci­sion is un­likely to quell com­plaints from Na­tive Amer­i­can or­ga­ni­za­tions and oth­ers who see the sym­bol — and the team’s very name — as in­sen­si­tive.

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