Cleveland Indians May Change Name As Sports Is Swallowed By The "Woke" Revolution
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Professional sports are being swallowed whole by the insanity of the "woke" insurrection which is hellbent at erasing everything in America that they disapprove of.
The NFL has already succumbed to the cancerous cultural cleansers with Commissioner Roger Goodell's apology to the national anthem kneelers and the reported playing of the the song “Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing” which has been designated as the black national anthem before the Star-Spangled Banner.
With one of NFL's most storied franchises having been bullied into submission with the Washington Redskins bending the knee and taking initial steps to change their nickname, the dominoes are now beginning to fall in favor of the American Taliban.
Now the Cleveland Indians have announced that they are also considering changing the team name having already done the tomahawk chop on beloved mascot Chief Wahoo which failed to satisfy the "woke" mob which always wants more.
Via The Hill, "Cleveland Indians to consider name change":
The Cleveland Indians said Friday it will consider changing its name amid civil unrest over systemic racism and police brutality.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement Friday. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.
“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice,” it added. “With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”
With the possibility of yet another scalp to add to their collection, the woke mob and their media cheerleaders are giddy while ignoring the story behind the team's choice of their now controversial nickname.
The Indians were named as a tribute to the first Native-American player in professional baseball history.
Louis Sockalexis was a member of the Penobscot Tribe who played for the Cleveland Spiders from 1897-1899.
Sockalexis faced many of the same problems as African-American pioneers like Jackie Robinson due to his race.
He was taunted, slurred, and mocked by opposing fans with war whoops and other derogatory gestures due to his being an Indian and had serious problems with alcoholism that adversely impacted his short career. How the pressure of being the first Native American contributed to his issues is a matter of speculation but it sure as hell didn’t help.
According to his Wikipedia page:
Although Sockalexis had a brief career, he faced many obstacles during his time in professional baseball. It was reported that fans of the opposing teams often shouted racial slurs toward him due to his Penobscot heritage. Additionally, fans imitated war whoops and war dances in his presence. Later, when sports journalists attributed his rapid decline to alcoholism, they identified the disease as the inherent “Indian weakness”.
When the Cleveland Naps changed their name to the Indians in 1915, the franchise reportedly did so to honor Sockalexis. The Indians’ official media guide says that the owners solicited sportswriters to ask fans for their favorite nickname, and the name Indians was chosen by a young girl who wrote to one of the sportswriters whose column requested suggestions. She specifically mentioned Sockalexis and his heritage. A brief story in the February 28, 1915, issue of the Plain Dealer states that the Cleveland Indians would wear the depiction of an Indian head on the left sleeves of their uniforms to “keep the Indians reminded of what the Braves did last year.” Sockalexis had died two years earlier.
You will never hear that very important bit of context from the left when the topic of “racist” sports nicknames and mascots come up. The truth is not something to be bothered with when there is an underlying ideology because ideologues already have ALL of the answers and the only way that they can prevail is by not allowing anything that conflicts with their narrative to get out.
The quickest thing that would sink the liberal argument that history should be cleansed by forcing sports teams to change their nicknames is the simple fact that those nicknames were coined to honor Native Americans and not denigrate them.
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) which is a respected authority on baseball history has perhaps the definitive article on the namesake for the Cleveland Indians from which I excerpt the following:
Louis Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Indian tribe of Maine, played in only 94 major league games, but is remembered today as the first Native American, and first recognized minority, to perform in the National League. He was signed by the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, fifty years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sockalexis, like Robinson a multi-talented athlete who excelled in football and track as well as baseball, appeared destined for stardom, but alcoholism derailed his promising career. He is, however, at least indirectly responsible for the nickname “Indians” as applied to the present American League team in Cleveland.
Cleveland’s American League team (which began play in 1900) had been called the Naps in honor of playing manager Napoleon Lajoie, but when Lajoie left the team after the 1914 season, a new nickname was in order. In January 1915, team owner Charles Somers, after consulting with several local sportswriters, decided to revive the name that had defined the city’s National League club 18 years before. Somers, perhaps recalling the all-too-brief period of excitement that Louis Sockalexis had brought to Cleveland in 1897, dubbed his team the Indians, a name that remains to this day.
You won’t see this on ESPN nor will it ever be admitted by the lunatics who are hellbent at rewriting history to suit their own cultural utopian worldview that would be hell on earth for anyone who they don’t agree with.
The MLB season which has been delayed by the coronavirus panic is slated to begin later this month and at this late stage of the 2020 season, it is likely that the Indians will have one more year before they are canceled.