The Cleveland Indians MLB Major League baseball team will drop their 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 come under pressure from Ameridian influence groups for several years to abandon their name, without success so far.
The Franchise had decided to drop its logo representing Chief Wahoo, a stereotypical caricature of Native Americans, in order to respond to criticism, before finally announcing that it had launched an in-depth study on his name.
According to the New York Times, the team were to announce a name change during the week, without however specifying whether this change would be accompanied by the presentation of the new identity of the club.
The Cleveland Indians are the latest pro team to shed their Native American image, after a similar change from the Washington American football team, which earlier this year dropped its Redskins name (Redskins ), for the same reasons.
Founded in 1900, the team began as Cleveland Lake Shores, before adopting the name Blues a year later and Naps, in reference to one of their historic stars, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, in 1902.
they were World Series winners, the MLB final, twice, in 1920 and 1948.
The announcement comes in a context of tension around names and collective memory, under the influence of a movement called “Cancel Culture” aimed at removing the presence in public space of controversial figures, starting 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, estimating on Twitter on Sunday also “that this is not good news, even for the” Indians ” “.
Three professional clubs still bear a name related to Native Americans: the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Club, the Atlanta Braves Baseball Club and the Kansas City Chiefs American Football Club.