Word Monday that the Cleveland Indians management has given in to pressure from the hierarchy of Major League Baseball to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from Tribe uniforms and stadium displays in time to host the 2019 MLB All Star game marks the latest proof that it’s easier to go after a symbol than it is to effect positive change.
The activists who’ve been demonstrating outside Tribe home games for well over 20 years, and their attorneys have gotten their way, without having to do a single thing to improve the lives of the Native Americans they tell us they are so supportive of.
They haven’t had to make the first move to reduce the tremendously high rates of alcoholism, and drug addiction or the unemployment rates among Native Americans, but they can pat themselves on the back for having taken away another symbol that’s loved by many Americans especially those in Cleveland.
Make no mistake, the Indians team name is going to be next on the “must go” list.
What I do know is that the Indians team will have a record sales year for Chief Wahoo merchandise, and people will still wear their logoed apparel to tribe games whether MLB likes it or not.
And my Chief Wahoo logo flag will fly again this year over my little Wayne Street reservation come the start of spring training, just like it has since the 1970’s.
In the end, the Indians record won’t be impacted one bit by the logo decision, and if you’re a Tribe fan, that’s what really matters.
That’s the way I see it.