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The New York Daily News will no longer print images of Chief Wahoo

Sep 5, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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There is a move afoot for newspapers and other news organizations to refer to the Washington Redskins as “Washington,” or to otherwise avoid using the name of the team which many people consider to be an epithet. Now at least one newspaper is extending that practice to racist imagery as well. The New York Daily News:

Yesterday, the News published this great editorial about the Washington team name. Today, we can also tell you that the paper will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ logo, Chief Wahoo.

Another obvious and positive development, and one that won’t prevent us from continuing to call on the team and others in media to do the same. In reporting on this issue in the recent past, it became clear to me that Native American groups consider Chief Wahoo offensive, which is enough for the rest of us to deem it inappropriate.

We at HBT have refrained from using Wahoo in stories about the Indians for several years now (it’s still used, occasionally in stories about the logo itself). It seems like an easy decision, especially considering the team itself no longer considers Wahoo its primary logo. Just because the Indians still put it on hats, uniforms and merchandise doesn’t mean anyone else has to go along with it. If a team put a picture of a guy in blackface on its caps, no one would run it. Why Wahoo?

Here’s hoping that more news outlets make the same choice the Daily News does.

In other news, I put the number of comments before we see someone making a dumb argument about this somehow violating the Indians’ First Amendment rights at, oh, 8.

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  1. capsboy - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    To many of the above commentators; names are not just names, do you really not understand the difference between a stranger calling my brother a jackass and if I call him a jackass?

    • tearlw - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      What if he is a jackass?

  2. Zoooma - Sep 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    FFS, people, ask Native Americans what they think of Wahoo. By and large they like him. So if 2 people out of 10 dislike him, is it the right thing to erase him from history? I get offended at stuff that more people approve of, does that mean people need to bend to my wishes and accommodate me? No. So stop it. Stop being all politically correct when other people who matter aren’t haters. And yes, I know, because I’ve lived amongst large native populations and I have asked, I’ve been a non-lazy journalist who’s done the research. Most like Wahoo or are indifferent. Very few hate him and think he is somehow racist. Get the F over yourselves.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      No question about it: you’re lying.

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