10.12.2007

red socks vs racist logos

Tonight the Boston Red Sox begin the American League Championship Series. The victor of this seven-game series - in traditional baseball parlance - wins the pennant, and the right to go to the World Series.

The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, two recent expansion teams, began the National League Championship Series last night. The Red Sox will face Cleveland.

I call the team "Cleveland", because I object to using the name of an ethnic group - in this case "Indians" - as a team nickname. There are several other similarly offensive team names in the US - such as Braves and Redskins - but every one of them denotes Native Americans.

The current justification for these names is that they honour native peoples. Which is just a modern way of saying: shut up and go away.

As offensive as all these names are, only the Cleveland baseball team uses a hideous racial caricature as their logo. No other ethnic group is "honoured" in this way.

But what if they were? Do you think we'd see any objections?

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Cleveland management claims the team's name and logo is a tribute to the first Native American to play in the Majors. Is that true? Read and learn.

Here's another question. If the logo is an honour, why, at Major League Baseball's inaugural Civil Rights Game, did the Cleveland players wear caps with only the letter C?

12 comments:

redsock said...

I blogged about the cap and the game back in March.

L-girl said...

Allan, thanks for that link.

Wmtc readers: check out the comments on that post - not so for much the discussion itself, but as an illustration of how people talk about this issue, the strawmen and non sequitirs that are considered "arguments", the meaningless nonsense they spew.

Jere said...

And this was the Indians logo before they made it "friendlier" (what they have today.) (I hope no one thinks I'm joking--that's actually what it was.)

Back in May, I proposed a new mascot/logo for Cleveland.

L-girl said...

And this was the Indians logo before they made it "friendlier" (what they have today.)

Yup, that's in Allan's post, linked above. Thanks for posting it, since most people probably won't go to the old Joy of Sox post.

Dragons - I like it!

Jere said...

Still, my bad. Ad I did go to his post, but I scrolled down past some of it to see if I'd commented, and I had. And I was happy with my comment, heh.

Let's hope Beckett can shut down the Drags tonight.

L-girl said...

No bad. You're on the side of good, as always.

MSEH said...

I don't know where you'd find it, but you might find the movie, "In Whose Honor?" of interest. It's about U Illinois and the turmoil over the use of a Native mascot.

redsock said...

Game 1: Red Sox win, 10-3

David Cho said...

Why does everyone else has good teeth, but us?

L-girl said...

Why does everyone else has good teeth, but us?

Because all Asians have buck teeth. Don't you know that? Just like all Jews have big hooked noses.

Although I do see your point - many of the caricatures have bad noses, but only the Asian has really bad teeth. I guess we shouldn't try to figure that out.

Rod said...

What a bunch of bull. Get off this political correctness crap. Why dont you do something important like trying to stop the war in Iraq. That is offensive.

L-girl said...

Why dont you do something important like trying to stop the war in Iraq. That is offensive.


One can be offended by more than one thing.

I am doing what I can to end the war in Iraq, and I hope you are, too.

That doesn't mean I'm not offended by racism.