Jordan Candler / Jan. 30, 2018

Cleveland Indians Scalped by Social Justice Warriors

If we keep going down this road, one wonders how long any sport will remain afloat.

The self-proclaimed social justice warrior (SJW) tribe has notched a game-winner, eliciting a new reason for jubilation. Yesterday, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians acquiesced to the demands of the PC police with the pronouncement by MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred that the Indians franchise would be scrubbing its “Chief Wahoo” uniform logo next year. Commissioner Manfred stated:

Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the Club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, [team owner] Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team. Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.

Based on Manfred’s choice of language, it appears that MLB let the franchise vent its concerns and frustration, but the league really had already made up its mind — “the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use” — and overrode the opposition of “fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.”

The brouhaha over team mascots across myriad sports has festered for a while now, but the timing of the Cleveland Indians’ jettisoning its logo isn’t surprising. The city will host the All-Star Game next year, which coincides with the formal changes. This is hardly serendipitous.

Inevitably, other dominoes will fall. Perhaps moving next to the National Football League’s Washington Redskins or other MLB teams like the Atlanta Braves. The biggest irony of all is that Native Americans really just don’t care. Besides, who names a sports team after something they want to denigrate? SJW is raising a ruckus over decades-old tradition merely because it’s fashionable, not because there’s necessarily a need for it.

If we keep going down this road, one wonders how long any sport will remain afloat.

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