Cleveland Baseball Team: Political Correctness Claims Another Scalp
Well, political correctness has gotten another one. Only a few months after the Washington Redskins traded in their so-offensive-it-can’t-be-printed-in-the-newspaper name for the absurd “Washington Football Team” moniker, the Cleveland Indians are apparently ready to do the same.
“Following years of protests from fans and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their team name, moving away from a moniker that has long been criticized as racist, three people familiar with the decision said Sunday,” reported The New York Times on Monday. “The Cleveland baseball franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915, but Native American groups and others have for decades opposed the use of Indigenous names, mascots and imagery for sports teams, insisting they are demeaning and racist.”
The Times did not provide a source for any of these claims, and, indeed, polls of Native Americans have shown consistently that as much as 90% of them don’t give a damn about names like the Indians or the Redskins. This is a phony controversy generated by a tiny subset of the Native population and given outsized attention by the real complainers: White liberals who are always on the lookout for some “oppressed” group that they can rescue with their do-goodery.
How changing the names of a couple of sports teams will improve the lives of Native Americans in a single measurable way is unclear, but what matters is that progressives can pat themselves on the back and write essays about the bitter clingers who oppose these changes.
“Oh no!” President Trump tweeted upon hearing the news. “What is going on? This is not good news, even for ‘Indians’. Cancel culture at work!”
The Times reports that other teams with Indian-inspired names have – so far – stood their ground.
“Other professional sports teams, including the Atlanta Braves, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Blackhawks, have said in recent months that they have no plans to change their names. Many universities and high schools abandoned Native American names and mascots long ago, but efforts to address the names at all levels of sport in the United States have increased in recent months,” they reported.
This is one of the many situations where outlets like the Times treat it as a given that everyone (other than deplorables, of course) agrees that Indian teams and mascots are irredeemably offensive and racist. Once again, a tiny but loud minority of whiners gets to upend our national culture without the slightest degree of pushback. The Cleveland Indians were just fine for 115 years, and now they’re suddenly terrible. Welcome to the new New World.