The Cleveland Indians’ MLB Major League Baseball team will drop its name, which is seen as racist by several Native American groups across the country, according to US media on Sunday.
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Known by this name for over a century, after adopting it in 1915, the Indians had for several years come under pressure from Ameridian influence groups to abandon their name, without success so far.
The franchise had decided to release its logo representing Chief Wahoo, a stereotypical caricature of Indians, in response to criticism, before finally announcing that it had begun a thorough study of his name.
According to the New York Times, the team was to announce a name change during the week, without specifying whether this change would be accompanied by the presentation of the club’s new identity.
The Cleveland Indians are the last professional team to shed their Native American image, following a similar change from the Washington American football team, which dropped its Redskins name (Redskins) earlier this year for the same reasons.
The team was founded in 1900 and began as the Cleveland Lake Shores, before adopting the name Blues a year later and Naps, referring to one of their historic stars, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, in 1902.
they were the winners of the world series, the MLB final, twice, in 1920 and 1948.
The announcement comes in the context of tensions over names and collective memory, under the influence of a movement called “Interrupt Culture” which aims to remove the presence of controversial figures in public space, and start with them. former Southern officers during the Civil War.
On Twitter, outgoing President Donald Trump did not hesitate to point the finger at this movement, and also estimated on Twitter on Sunday “that this is not good news, even for the” Indians “.”.
Three professional clubs still bear a name related to Indians: the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Club, the Atlanta Braves Baseball Club and the Kansas City Chiefs American Football Club.