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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(1004 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

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

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2tafy(86 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Are we turning or better yet, have we turned into such a liberal society as to be laughed at by the rest of the world? Where were all the bleeding hearts when we owned slaves? When we took everything from the Native Americans. All of a sudden we feel bad for the deeds of our forefathers and we want to make everything right. Baseball, apple pie and Chief Wahoo go together. There is no disgrace to using the logo. No one makes fun of our Native Americans. People are proud of who they are and represent. We cannot allow bleeding heart liberals to continue this onslaught of what ever offends them. Keep the Chief flying high over Cleveland and hang a World Series pendant under him.

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3YtownSports(228 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks 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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4DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks 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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5dd933(229 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks 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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6tafy(86 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I have an even better idea!! Why not worry about inflation, hunger and crime? Quit spending my tax dollars on stupid crap so some liberal politician can try and feather their bed. The politicians that we put in office have this state and country so screwed up now it may never recover. So what do the do about it? Try to pass a bill to change a team logo!! Have these folks nothing better to do? The bunch as a whole don't have the sense God gave a jackass. What bill have they passed that is worth at least the time it took to get it passed? Think hard and get back to us.

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7walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks 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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8ytowncrazy(34 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This is baloney. These bleeding heart liberals need to focus on things that matter.

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9captainpeewee(66 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks 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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10MrBill(43 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The Shelf Life Clothing Co. out of Cleveland has come up with a new name and design for the 'Indians' on a tee-shirt:
The "Caucasians" with a grinning blonde 'Chief Wahoo' sporting a dollar sign instead of a head feather. I don't see how that should offend anyone…...

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11cardinal(25 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

washington redskins = washington treaty breakers
cleveland indians = cleveland river polluters
cincinnatti reds = cincinnatti queens(the queen city)
atlanta braves = atlanta swamp things

other exploited groups
new england patriots = new england witch burners
pittsburgh steelers = pittsburgh river rats
los angelos dodgers = los angelos draft dodgers
california angels = california agnostics
san francisco giants - san francisco average joes
new york yankees = new york profit takers
tampa bay buccaneers = tampa bay west siders
new orleans(sp) saints= new orleans washouts

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