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Reactions mixed to removing Cleveland Indians’ racist symbol, Chief Wahoo

The Cleveland Indians announced the racist logo that many Native Americans find offensive will be removed from its baseball caps and jerseys starting in the 2019 season, Major League Baseball announced Monday, Jan. 28.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he told team owner Paul Dolan that it was time to mothball the cartoonish caricature that has appeared on Indians’ uniforms since 1948.

“Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo,” Manfred said. “During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made [it] clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.

“Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”

Dolan echoed Manfred in a statement posted on TribeVibe.