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Bill would urge Cleveland Indians to change name

Published: Thu, August 7, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



A Democratic state lawmaker is hoping to convince his colleagues in the Legislature to urge the Cleveland Indians to change its name and mascot to something he says is “free of racial insensitivity.”

Sen. Eric Kearney, D-Cincinnati, a short-time running mate with gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 42 on Wednesday, noting that the professional baseball franchise and its Chief Wahoo logo “have been criticized for perpetuating Native American stereotypes.”

Kearney added in a released statement, “Over the years, we’ve seen a number of sports teams, colleges, universities and organizations, including Miami University of Ohio, change their nickname due to the concerns of Native Americans and the perpetuation of stereotypes. The continuing use of the Indians nickname and a stereotypical Native American caricature, such as Chief Wahoo, is an affront to Native Americans.”

The resolution is a mostly symbolic offering. It wouldn’t change state law or force Cleveland to change its name and mascot.

However, it would serve a formal statement of lawmakers’ opinion on the issue.

SCR 42 notes that Cleveland adopted its current nickname in 1915. Prior, it was known by several nicknames, including the “Lake Shores,” the “Spiders” and the “Naps.”


1Photoman(1249 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

One has to wonder just how far we the people are going to allow this insanity to continue.

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2YtownSports(306 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

They could change it to Redskins!
And what about Kearney's hometown Cincinnati REDS? Shouldn't that name be changed because it implies ties to communism and, by association, dictators and oppression? (In fact, the Reds did change their name to "Redlegs" during the McCarthy era of the 1950's.)
Try to do something IMPORTANT, Mr. Kearney, instead of seeking attention for yourself by jumping on the bandwagon of the team mascot issue.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Kasich takes a billion dollars away from local communities and forces us to raise levies just to maintain the same services we've always had but the Cleveland Indians name and mascot are getting lawmaker's attention? No wonder things are getting worse in Columbus.

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4dd933(312 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

They could leave the name Indians but change the logo to a cartoon likeness of Gandhi...No that probably would not work.
How about we change the name to "The Tribe." Just about every culture started out as a tribe of some sort. We should drop the Cleveland part as well - just be the Ohio Tribe or the Northeast Ohio Tribe. Or like the Vindicator which used to be the Youngstown Vindicator, simply the Tribe in italics. After all it takes a tribe to raise a child.

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5steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This is P.C. run amok. If they change their name from the Indians to something else, it will be the very last game that I attend.

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6walter_sobchak(2727 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry, steivo. Looking at the Indians dismal attendance this season, you probably didn't attend a game anyway. Nor will anyone with the way this team is assembled and operated.

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7thirtyninedollars(611 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

actually the reds is another racist name referring to Native Americans as well. So when is Cinnci going to change their name as well?
Actually I just think this is stupid. Isn't there better laws to be working on or trying to get passed than wasting time on something that isn't even enforceable?
As a partial Native American I could really care less if a team is called redskins, indians or reds.

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8redeye1(5671 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

All this guy has shown the people of Ohio is that out Gov't officials have entirely too much time on their hands. If he was doing the job that the people elected him to do . This wouldn't have even entered his mind. But NO, So its time that the people wake up and get rid of all the incumbents in office now. Then they should elect people who will do the work that they should be doing.. Elect people who REALLY cares about Ohioans, instead of these kind of people.. Who only care about getting their names in the news at election time. WAKE UP OHIOANS and do it now!

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9Chessiedad(379 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Key operative word in this whole debacle?.....DEMOCRATIC lawmaker. Let's just forgo all of the valuable wasted time for more important issues like the economy, crime, world affairs, and have all sports teams begin their names with their locations and then the phrase "insert politically-correct, non-offensive, unbiased, racially-sensitive, non-homophobic, muslim-sympathetic, P.E.T.A. and EPA approved word"!

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10captainpeewee(76 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

why don't all the self loathing white liberals of Ohio go to the south side of y-town get on your knees and bob for apples may be you, will feel better about your self's

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