Cleveland’s baseball team plans to stop using the word “Indians” from its team name, the New York Times reports, citing three people familiar with the decision.
The Cleveland team, which has moved away from its cartoonish tribal chief logo and had earlier announced plans to reconsider its name didn’t immediately comment to the Times.
President Trump reacted “Oh no! What is going on?” he posted. “This is not good news, even for ‘Indians.’ Cancel culture at work!”
Following years of protests from fans and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their team name, moving away from a moniker that has long been criticized as racist.
The move follows a decision by the Washington Football Team of the NFL in July to stop using a name long considered a racial slur.
Cleveland spent much of the year before the 2019 season phasing out the logos and imagery of the cartoon mascot Chief Wahoo.
The Cleveland baseball franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915, but Native American groups and others have for decades opposed the use of mascots and imagery for sports teams, insisting they are demeaning and racist.
Native American groups usually appear at Cleveland’s home opener each spring, sometimes in the face of withering verbal abuse from fans as they enter the stadium. In recent years, the team has worked with the protesters and police to help ensure the safety of demonstrators and their right to free and peaceful expression.
Sources: The Daily Wire and The Hill; Photo: tmz.com