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Cleveland Indians: Native Americans convene against logo

A Native American organisation protested outward one of the many expected World Series ball games to rebuke what has been described as the many descent trademark in US sports – the “Chief Wahoo” mimic used by the Cleveland Indians.

The long-standing logo, which appears on their organisation jerseys, depicts a grinning, red-faced cartoon with a plume headband.

Hundreds of Native American activists staged their criticism as the diversion was played out on Tuesday at the Progressive Field ball park – the first of 7 matches between the rivals and the first World Series diversion for the Cleveland Indians in two decades.

“What we wish to accomplish is to bring new recognition to this issue and have it resolved by expelling the name and the logo,” Civil rights romantic Philip Yenyo had told Al Jazeera forward of the protest.


Similar protests have been over the years, mostly on the opening day of major games.

‘We’re a vital culture’

“From my indicate of view, there’s a lot of income to be done off of what we trust is the blood of a culture. They [Cleveland Indians club] also explain that they have a history, that they wish to preserve. For me, we trust that their story is full of genocide,” pronounced Yenyo.

Last week, an Ontario judge quashed a last-minute try to bar the Cleveland Indians from using their organisation name and “Chief Wahoo” trademark during Monday night’s playoff diversion in Toronto.

Two years ago, the Cleveland Indians transposed “Wahoo” as their primary trademark with a red “C”. The home uniform, however, still facilities the mimic on caps and sleeves.

“I can’t support a organisation that continues to mistreat people in this way. we just can’t, it’s not in me to support them, so go Cubs!” Yenyo said.

Other clubs also use logos featuring extremist depictions of Native American characters, from the Washington Redskins and Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Braves.

“I consider they’re offensive. we don’t trust that any organisation of people should be used as mascots. We’re human beings, we’re a vital enlightenment … the ancestors have upheld down believe to us and the devout beliefs,” pronounced Yenyo.

The “Chief Wahoo” impression wears an “eagle plume that is very dedicated to the people”, he added.

To use such a pitch for party “would be like me desecrating the cranky for Christians or the star of David, or any other images or logos or icons of a sold religion”.

Source: Al Jazeera News

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