Cleveland Indians will drop their name

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Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are following the lead of the Washington NFL franchise previously known as a dictionary-defined racial slur.

Like Washington, the Cleveland Indians will be dropping their name, according to multiple reports.

No replacement has been named. Washington has opted for the “Washington Football Team,” a name that could last for a while, or longer.

The difference between Washington’s abandoned name and the Indians is obvious. The term “Indians” isn’t a slur. But the decision to drop the name is consistent with the preference expressed by Native American groups that they not be used as mascots.

The next question becomes whether this change will place any pressure on the Kansas City Chiefs to follow suit. The Chiefs have made some changes to their game-day rituals, prohibiting headdresses. The team, as of late August, was considering whether to continue the “Arrowhead Chop” or drumming in the stadium.

46 responses to “Cleveland Indians will drop their name

  1. This is soooo stupid. My great grandmother was a full blooded Erie Indian. I have no problem with the Cleveland Indians name. I could see them changing their logo, but their name is just fine by me.
    And even more stupid is the team called the Washington Football Team. You mean they couldn’t come up with a new nickname???
    My choice for the Washington team was the Generals or the Monuments. Why not? Either of those sure beats the heck out of the Washington Football Team.

  2. Hey! Let us all forget about the genocide that took place clearing out this land in the name of manifest destiny. Separating native children from their families to “boarding” school where the traditions and stories were passed down from 1,000s of year were wiped out and erased from history.

    As long as sports teams change their names we are even on the scales of justice right? Right!?

  3. Anything that is a noun that refers to groups of people should be removed. Animals and things only. Giants, Cowboys, Saints, Buccaneers, Packers, Vikings, 49ers, Patriots, Texans, Titans, Browns, Steelers, Chiefs and Raiders could all be offended. Just because they don’t have movements behind them supporting their feelings, doesn’t mean we should all mock them by continuing to use them as “mascots”.

  4. I know this will probably get more down votes than up but so be it. Yes Indians isn’t as offensive as Redskins. Yes maybe some Native Americans don’t have a problem with the name. But for some others do. And since our track record in this country in how we treat Native Americans has been bad to say the least if changing the nickname will in some small way help recognize we as a country are trying to recognize our previous mistreatment of Native Americans than yes change the name. Baseball in Cleveland will still go on no what the nickname is. Let’s not get outraged by this name change and move on to more important things.

  5. The Chiefs name should be changed to Kansas City football team, it’s the responsible thing to do!

  6. curtis20 says:
    December 13, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Cancel culture is ruinig the world.
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    Yeah, a baseball team in Ohio deciding to change their own name will “ruin the world”. Overreact much?

  7. Cleveland Mud Hens to n memory of Lou Brown who coached the Toledo Mudhens for 30 years before leading the Indians to the Championship.

  8. The big difference chiefs and braves aren’t derogatory they are terms of honor towards the culture…

  9. Why does KC need to change their nickname?

    They were named after the mayor of Kansas City who was referred to as, “Chief” and their logo is a rock. How is this an issue, what am I missing?

    Does this mean fire chief, police chief, etc will be mandated to change? Get a grip people.

  10. I mean honestly, when are we going to end this ridiculousness…who the heck still watches or acknowledges the existence of baseball? You’d have to pay me to watch a baseball game.

  11. birdmantd says:
    December 13, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    And since our track record in this country in how we treat Native Americans has been bad to say the least if changing the nickname will in some small way help recognize we as a country are trying to recognize our previous mistreatment of Native Americans than yes change the name.

    +++++

    I think Native Americans would rather we recognize any one of many signed treaties previous US governments failed to honor. Carry on.

  12. They should worry more about how boring baseball has become and how its losing a generation of fans. Pitch … Step out of rhe batters box … Pitch … Step off the mound … Shake off catcher and call time … Pitch … And repeat for 3 and a half hours.

  13. curtis20 says:
    December 13, 2020 at 9:19 pm
    Cancel culture is ruinig the world.

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    Do you know what “cancel culture” even means? Has nothing to do with this story.

  14. “The Chiefs name should be changed to Kansas City football team, it’s the responsible thing to do!”

    Right. Then their fans can wear red caps with “Football Team” emblazoned on the front just like they have in Washington. And should they meet in a game, their fans can ask each other, “Just which nondescript, generic “Football Team” is it that you follow?

  15. footballandbeer says:
    December 13, 2020 at 9:47 pm
    Why does KC need to change their nickname?

    They were named after the mayor of Kansas City who was referred to as, “Chief” and their logo is a rock. How is this an issue, what am I missing?

    Does this mean fire chief, police chief, etc will be mandated to change? Get a grip people.

    24 3 Rate This

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    Laughable. Why is their logo a violent weapon?

  16. It’s not hard. If you wouldn’t find the name acceptable as a new name now, then don’t use it.

    It doesn’t need to be a struggle. It’s just the name of a sports team. Change it, move on, life goes on.

  17. Laughable. Why is their logo a violent weapon?

    What’s “violent” about an arrowhead? If that’s “violent” then Florida State is in big trouble.

  18. For those of you who are offended over a team name, please refer to the definition from the dictionary below. Before getting all bent out of shape over a team name, you should probably know the history behind the term that “offends” you.

    chief (plural chiefs) A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. [from 13th c.].
    All firefighters report to the fire chief.

    The term chief came from Europe in the 1200’s. It is used to refer to as a leader of people. Kansas City was named after the mayor at the time H. Roe Bartle who was referred to as, “chief”. What about that is offensive?

  19. Laughable. Why is their logo a violent weapon?

    Recommend getting a history lesson before being offended by the name of a sports team and their logo being a rock.

    Kansas City was named after the mayor at the team named H. Roe Bartle. The term chief derives from Europe in the 1200’s. As far as an arrowhead..

    It symbolized courage, strength, and protection. Native Americans believed the arrowhead could deflect negative energy and allow the wearer to absorb their enemy’s power. Through the decades, the arrowhead has continued to be worn and carried by many.

    Didn’t see anything about how it’s primary use was as a weapon or that KC selected it because it was a, “Violent weapon. Quite the assumption on your part.

  20. Frankly I kind of like the Washington Football Team moniker. They’re an old school franchise and that’s an old school name. It’d be so stupid for them to be the Tiger Cats or Tornados or some silly minor league kind of name.

  21. The Cleveland Red Ryders would be a great name and a nod to the Red Ryder BB gun from Cleveland’s most famous movie. They can change their team slogan to “We’ll shoot your eye out!”

  22. footballandbeer says:
    Kansas City was named after the mayor at the team named H. Roe Bartle. The term chief derives from Europe in the 1200’s. As far as an arrowhead..

    It symbolized courage, strength, and protection. Native Americans believed the arrowhead could deflect negative energy and allow the wearer to absorb their enemy’s power. Through the decades, the arrowhead has continued to be worn and carried by many.

    Didn’t see anything about how it’s primary use was as a weapon or that KC selected it because it was a, “Violent weapon. Quite the assumption on your part.
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    There is a very similar story about the Prior name of the Washington Football Team. It didnt help. The Mascot on the side of the WFT’s former helmet was of a proud warrior, not a caricature or weapon. It didnt help. In fact, whenever the NFL choses to honor Native American Culture, it was before WFT’s game (EVEN THIS YEARS WFT/Cowboys GAME) It didnt help.

    So buy your Chiefs gear while you still can.

  23. It doesn’t matter what they do. Most people will still call them the Indians, just like how most people still call that NFC East team the Washington Redskins. The thought police will never win this.

  24. Good! Eliminate all Native American imagery as team mascots! Makes sense!! I say eliminate all mascot names for pro teams and just go with the names of their cities.

  25. All you who are defending the name Chiefs: it doesn’t matter what or who they were named after. It only matters how people right now feel. It’s only a matter of time.

  26. “They were named after the mayor of Kansas City who was referred to as, “Chief” and their logo is a rock. How is this an issue, what am I missing?”

    And yet their previous logo was a man wearing no shirt, carrying a tomahawk and wearing a headdress…

  27. I’m against the name change but I understand. Also, I feel like the Chiefs’ days are numbered because of the inclusion of the arrowhead as a logo. It clearly ties a link between Native American culture and the name, even if the team was named after a person.

    The Browns are named after a person as well. If they had any sort of logo tying them to a culture, that would have been outrageous for years. So maybe change the Chiefs’ logo and not the name?

    I agree with the last poster, it seems to be a matter of time.

  28. LOOOVE the Indians and still say just do it. Change it.

    And my vote is to call them the Hounds and change the colors to Brown & Orange. LOL

  29. bkinacti0n says:
    December 13, 2020 at 9:24 pm
    Anything that is a noun that refers to groups of people should be removed. Animals and things only. Giants, Cowboys, Saints, Buccaneers, Packers, Vikings, 49ers, Patriots, Texans, Titans, Browns, Steelers, Chiefs and Raiders could all be offended. Just because they don’t have movements behind them supporting their feelings, doesn’t mean we should all mock them by continuing to use them as “mascots”.
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    I think to be fair we should give pause and consider whether we should be appropriating animal names like that either. And plants are living things so that too should be a discussion. So probably inanimate objects only, but even those need to be screened to be sure they don’t have some context to some culture somewhere, or ever conceivably could acquire that context at any time in the future. Right now I am thinking that geological objects or terms have the most promise. But nothing is definite.

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