Sunday, April 01, 2007

Chief Wahoo under Fire again

Much heartburn over the logo of the Cleveland Indians:

"Major League Baseball is paying tribute to the civil rights movement on March 31st with its inaugural Civil Rights Game in Memphis, Tennessee - home of the National Civil Rights Museum and the city where Martin Luther King was assassinated April 4, 1968.

The inaugural event, featuring the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Cleveland Indians, will invoke the memory of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the spring of 1947.

The problem arises with the official logo and mascot of the Indians: Chief Wahoo. Regardless of color, race, ethnic identity or political philosophy, any objective view of Wahoo must concede: It is a demeaning stereotype - the smiling, drunken fool so eager to please his racially insensitive white fans....

Chief Wahoo, however, is beyond the pale. It is so deliberately and flagrantly racist that it cannot hide behind the typical excuse that some Native Americans are not offended.


So now a big smile is racist, apparently. To Leftists all minorities are "victims" so I guess that they should all have sourpuss faces at all times.

I last noted this controversy on May 10, 2006.