The Cleveland Indians announced Monday that they will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms, effective 2019.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 29, 2018
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the Club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team. Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”
I guess it’s better late than never… but it’s hard to believe you’re “committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion” when you’re waiting another year to do so. It’s already a long overdue move. You’re essentially saying “OK OK fine, we’ll give in, but let us profit off racism for just one more year.”
And before you complain about Major League Baseball being “soft,” give it a rest. I don’t like when people get offended by little things, but this doesn’t fall in to that category. The Chief Wahoo logo has been a subject of controversy for a while. Long before the world became as sensitive as it is today. It’s time to finally adapt.
Brace yourselves, Washington Redskins. You’re up next.