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Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Chief Wahoo Argument

Opening Day Photo Takes Logo Argument to Ridiculous Levels

It’s a yearly tradition. Every year on Opening Day, a group of anti-Chief Wahoo protesters stand guard outside of Progressive Field, pushing forward their ever continuing mission to get the Cleveland Indians to abolish their racist caricature of a logo.

Because of the steam such movements have gained over the course of the last year, the media is jumping all over this protest, as if this is something new and overly anarchic. It’s not though. Anti-Chief Wahoo groups use Opening Day as a platform for their agenda. It’s understandable. Opening Day is the most highly attended event involving the Indians and garners the most media attention. It makes no sense to protest in August when Progressive Field is 1/3 full.

While I have no issues with Chief Wahoo on a personal level, I understand why those who are against Chief Wahoo feel the way they feel. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the logo is racist. Perhaps not intentionally, but in the pro-P.C. world of 2014, a lack of intention is not a free pass. With all of the fervor surrounding the anti-Native American imagery campaign thanks to the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, and a litany of other college and professional sports teams, it only seems natural that the entire argument might reach an inevitable tipping point.

We have reached that tipping point.

Yesterday, prior to the start of the game, this pictures was taken, posted to Twitter, and started making it’s way around the internet.

Chief Wahoo

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There is so much wrong with this picture I don’t know where to begin. Maybe let’s get the obvious joke out of the way…

An airbrushed shirt… really? We we magically transported back to the year 1993? Who though that was a good idea? Apparently that guy. But, one could say he was just absolutely chock full of good ideas Friday afternoon. Ok, now back to the serious tone of this article.

Here’s the thing about this photo and the Chief Wahoo argument. While the end goal is either the ending of the use of Chief Wahoo or continuing his usage for the next generation of Indians fans, one thing should be abundantly clear to everyone involved. Don’t embarrass the city. Well, 1993 airbrushed sweatshirt guy… you failed. Miserably.

This photo is embarrassing.

At what point did you think that wearing red-face paint and staring down a native American was a good idea? Are you trying to be a rebel, Billy Bad Ass? Because you’re not. You didn’t help your cause to keep Chief Wahoo alive and kicking. All you’ve done is give the anti-Wahoo crowd more fuel for their ever increasing fire.

You’ve also given the national media something to latch onto. When all of the talking head shows get a hold of this photo, they’re going to have a field day. “Look at those idiots in Cleveland,” they’ll say. And you know what. They’ll be right. They will take this to irrational levels. Every pro-Wahoo person will be viewed as a red-face paint wearing bully that is insensitive to race and other cultural issues. Putting a giant kick me sign on the backs of everyone in Cleveland and a fan of the Indians wasn’t enough?

Well played, sir. Well played.

The bottom line here is that Chief Wahoo is going away one day. Maybe not this year or next, but it is an inevitable conclusion to this ever continuing saga. But, even once that happens, this picture will continue to live on as a sad reminder of a time we would all probably rather forget.

What do you think of this photo and the Chief Wahoo argument? What side are you one? What is your take on this photo? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Brian Huth

    Chief Wahoo is never going away. Pardon the pun, but this is not a black and white subject. Some say it’s a racist image, I look at it and see nothing more than a cartoon caricature. Here’s an idea. Don’t like Chief Wahoo? Don’t buy anything with it on your clothes, but don’t tread on my rights and tell me what I can and can’t wear or how I’m supposed to think. If this is such a big issue for American Indians, why was there maybe 7-10 protestors at the game yesterday and ZERO at the game today?

    • Jarod Cook

      This is just another example of how minorities rule america. If one person has a problem with something, then that’s one to many in the eyes of the PC government. I’m going to laugh in about 20-25 years when white people become a minority in America. And in about 50-75 years when there will be no more 100% blooded native Americans left. The melting pot that is America, is reaching it’s saturating point. And pretty soon things like racism and minorities will be a thing of the past.
      Cleveland has already started to phase at Chief Wahoo, and you be hard pressed to find anything new with his logo on it now. I read another article a while back where there planning on killing the caricature off in slow process over the next 3-4 years. A couple years from now you won’t even be able to buy anything with his image on it, that even includes throw back apparel.

    • Jamie Schoenian

      Racism will never end in the USA because too many people, like the Poverty Pimp twins Sharpton and Jackson, not to mention the biggest divider of us all Obozo make too much money and gain all their power via the divide they create and maintain. I will always wear a Chief Wahoo shirt and hat to the games. What’s next…..the Browns changing their name because people of a darker persuasion are offended?

  • Gary

    These wahoo logo whiners need to get a life. Don’t you have anything else to do besides whine like a friggin baby about a logo that has been around for many years. Incredible

  • Brian Heise

    I agree with the sentiment that this is a personal issue. If you don’t like it, don’t wear it. It’s as simple as that. Me personally, I have no objections to it so I’m not going to not but something because it’s on there. Like you, I don’t sit here and say “yup, that’s what a native american looks like.” I see it and say hey its the Cleveland Indians. The two are separate in my mind. But like I said, is they got rid of it I’d understand. My only real issue, like you said is that if it’s such a big issue, the protest should be consistent, not one day a year.