Things are happening fast around the sports world when it comes to team names and mascots. Amid a growing outcry revolving around structural racism in the United States, the NFL’s Washington Redskins are now having discussions about changing their name.
MLB’s Cleveland Indians are also potentially set to follow suit.
“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice,” the team said in a statement Friday evening to Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic. “With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”
This would represent a dramatic change for Cleveland, though perhaps it's a change that is long overdue, given that "Indian” is a derogatory misnomer when applied to Native Americans.
All of this comes as statues depicting Confederate soldiers are being removed from multiple state capitals around the United States.
A charter member of the American League back in 1901, Cleveland’s baseball team was originally called the Bluebirds, Broncos, and then the Naps before making the change to the Indians in 1915.
It was just last season that the Indians decided to completely get rid of their Chief Wahoo logo, a racist stereotyping of Native Americans.