The Cleveland Indians’ mascot, Chief Wahoo, is a racist caricature that they should have stopped using a long time ago, argues Jon Tayler of Sports Illustrated. Fans that want to keep the mascot don’t understand how incredibly offensive it is to Native Americans. The Indians' announcement should have included an apology to them, as well an admission of how racist the use of it truly was. They didn’t even make the change because of moral reasons but financial ones, needing it to convince the MLB to grant them the 2019 All-Star game. The Indians’ decision to continue using Wahoo until next year is also disappointing.
The decision to remove the ever-popular Chief Wahoo from the Indians’ logo is a classic example of a left-wing minority highjacking the dialogue about what is offensive and forcing its own ideals on others, believes Larry Thornberry of American Spectator. The assertion that Native Americans wanted this change is wrong; surveys indicate that the majority of them are indifferent or in approval of Wahoo on Indians' merchandise. Liberals blocked out the voices of those that disagree, such as the many fans that were deeply attached to Wahoo. In the end, this change gives Native Americans essentially nothing while validating left-wing bullying.