Is It Time For The Cleveland Indians To Change Their Name?

No one will be surprised. It was to be expected.

The Cleveland Indians have officially decided they are going to change their name. After 105 years of existence, the Cleveland City Major League Baseball team will no longer be called the Indians .

The New York Times reported the news last night. The Indians had been chatting internally for several months and an official announcement is expected by the end of the week.

There was the Washington Redskins, who still haven’t found a new name …

Then the McGill Redmen, which were renamed the Redbirds…

And the Edmonton Eskimos.

There’s also the Blackhawks, who seemed embarrassed about their existence / name / logo when the reverse retro jerseys were released.

There was even Braden Hotlby who had to apologize and then give up the idea of ​​wearing a mask paying tribute to the first nations of British Columbia , he who will start a new adventure with the Canucks and who only wanted to deliver a little of exposure positive for the community.

I am having difficulty understanding all of this and positioning myself well in the face of this problem.

I understand very well the fact that being racist with minorities should be avoided. But we have gone beyond that concept here.
When we make such claims / changes because there is a so-called negative connotation, we are talking about racism. OKAY…

But when we do it in good faith, with positive (good) intentions to pay homage to certain minorities, we brandish cultural appropriation. As if we did not have the right touch to it … like when you told me 20 years ago that I had no right to rap, black culture at the base. Yet I proudly won a prize awarded by black Quebec culture in 2007 (SOBA Awards) …

And when we don’t talk about it, we accuse people of ignoring it or brushing it all under the rug. Difficult to find the right path to take – without shocking too much – in 2020 …

I’m not saying that the Indians shouldn’t change their names and those who protest are wrong to do so. I’m just wondering if some decisions not to displease minorities haven’t gone too far for some time. #UOttawa #RobertLepage #MaripierMorin

Back to the Indians …

Native American groups have been protesting against the use of the name Indians for years. They had managed to get the image of Chief Wahoo removed , but the smiling mascot and name Indians were still there (until this week).

Several supporters expressed disappointment at the departure of Chief Wahoo . The Cleveland baseball team is therefore likely to make others unhappy this week. Impossible to please everyone!
This name change will still be a step forward, we are told. The subject is extremely delicate and you have to respect people who say they are suffering from something … even if it is based on a decision that dates back over 100 years and no one represents the team with disrespect. .

The Montreal Impact will perhaps avoid a lot of problems by changing its name to Montreal FC, a completely neutral name, in the end …

And the Canadian? Are we safe from a group of protesters who might feel aggrieved by this term in Quebec? Will we soon have to stop calling them the Habs ?

Who will be next on the list? The Kansas City Chiefs? The Chicago Blackhawks? The Atlanta Braves? The Minnesota Vikings?

Note that the next major baseball season should open on April 1. And it’s not April Fool’s Day …

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