After a mad, eleventh-hour rush to computers and portable devices, the latest McBoneBeat poll has closed. Two points surprise me:
1) Twenty people actually voted.
2) Of them, ten believe that Chief Wahoo isn't offensive.
I sort of get it about not changing the name. Well, not really, but I'll let it go for now. But Chief Wahoo? Can anyone look at this thing and tell me it is NOT a hideous representation of Native Americans? If you can, I beg you to look again and, please, tell me why.
I know you all are probably sick of me writing about this, but I've been fed up with my baseball team's logo for at least twenty years. Yet, every time I watch a game, or visit the team's website, I'm greeted by this phenomenally awful image. I really don't see any argument for maintaining this monstrosity for another second. Yet, the arguments keep coming. Here are some of the most common I've come across. You'll notice that most of them do not constitute arguments at all:
Chief Wahoo is tradition - This is no justification. Something so fundamentally wrong does not deserve a prolonged lifespan simply because it is a few decades old; it deserves to go away, and should have about 50 years ago. Or rather, it should never have been.
Chief Wahoo honors Indians - The protesters who have been showing up at the ballpark for more than 30 years would beg to differ. Personally, I find a stupidly grinning, buffoonish, lobster-hued caricature with a feather to be a pretty poor tribute to both the vast array of people and cultures that were wiped off the planet forever and to the ones that have survived.
There are more important problems to worry about - I would counter that smearing a racist image all over a public space warrants a lot of attention.
Chief Wahoo makes people happy - So did minstrel shows.
I am part American Indian and Chief Wahoo doesn't bother me - Then you need to wake up, revisit that part of your heritage and become aware of the devastation that has been visited upon Native Americans for half a millennium.
What about the Notre Dame 'Fighting Irish?' and all the pirate and Viking mascots out there? - Maybe you're right. Maybe we just shouldn't go there. I would argue though that white people nicknaming themselves after white people is slightly less problematic than white people nicknaming themselves after people they massacred through centuries of disease and violence.
PC-ness is destroying the country - I've heard this multiple times, and I'd call it a slight exaggeration. I'd also argue that political correctness is rooted in racial and cultural sensitivity. If that's what we call destroying the country, I say destroy it. We'll destroy it into awesomeness.
All this is just liberal whining - If so, I am a proud whiner. Better to be whiny than blind.
If any of you agree with me and would like to join the campaign and happen to be on facebook, click here!
Disagree? I'd still like to hear from more of you.