What a difference a century makes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called for the Cleveland Indians to get rid of its "Chief Wahoo" logo in an editorial Friday morning for being "racially insensitive." That comes about 100 years after the same paper invented the Indians nickname, and first portrayed the racist caricature in its pages.
The mascot's red-faced, big-nosed cartoon is a "racially insensitive stereotype of Native Americans," they write in an editorial on Friday. "Wahoo contributes nothing to the performance of the Indians on the field and makes the team seem hopelessly backward in the eyes of the world." The editorial notes that ditching the logo is "inevitable," even without their position. "And it's a little unsettling that it hasn't happened by now. Why cling to Wahoo when it so clearly offends?"
In a bit of navel-gazing, the article headline notes the "historic stance" of the editorial board's position. But the announcement is absolutely important. "[F]or the largest newspaper in the city and the state to come out with an official editorial and to plainly call it racist is something else," HardBall Talk writes. It's a stance that goes against most Clevelanders, too. As recently as last year, a reader poll supported keeping the Chief Wahoo logo at about 65-35.