Groups protesting the Cleveland Indians’ logo have requested to participate in a series of talks with the MLB, looking to make changes to the controversial emblem.
Several protesters gathered Tuesday at Progressive Field, before the Indians’ first home game in the campaign, against the Chicago White Sox. The group demanded that the motto of “Indians” be deleted, as well as the caricatured image of Chief Wahoo, who has a prominent smile, a red face and a feather on his head.
Demonstrators showed signs saying “racism does not honor anyone” and “real people, no pets”. The protest passed in peace, under the eyes of a group of policemen.
The movement to replace the logo has gained momentum in recent years. The Indians have reduced their use of the emblem, but this one, which has been part of the club’s history for more than 60 years, continues to appear in some caps and jerseys that Cleveland uses in games.
The Indians have held talks with MLB about future changes. During the World Series, in which Cleveland played, commissioner Rob Manfred said he was aware that “that particular logo is offensive to some people, and we all in the Major Leagues understand why.”
Philip Yanyo, general director of the Ohio Native American Movement, said he was encouraged by the team’s openness to address the issue. However, he demanded more steps.