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Indians fans show up to AL wild card game in ‘red face’

- October 2nd, 2013

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During the Indians-Rays wild card game in Cleveland on Wednesday night, broadcaster TBS flashed a shot of three Indians fans painted in ‘red face’ cheering on their team. It was captured by USA Today’s sports blog For The Win.

Cleveland Indians. Washington Redskins. Atlanta Braves. All three teams have had their share of criticism through the years over the use of Native American imagery to sell the team and its merchandise.

Just this past summer, various news organizations decided to stop using “Redskins” in their coverage of the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C.

Even if fans love their team’s nicknames, it doesn’t make it right to reduce themselves to caricatures from a bygone era.

A fan holds a sign that reads'

Unfortunately, team owners are resistant to change. You’re not likely to see a shift in attitudes. And the same goes for fans, whose hearts are in the right place. Sometimes, people don’t care if they cross the line.

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1 comment

  1. chris | October 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Either owners of teams like the Redskins or Indians change their names and mascots to something less controversial, or else the media should stop publishing sensational stories such as this one. This is nothing new. The fans aren’t in the wrong. They’re not bigots simply because they’ve decided to paint their faces as the mascot of their beloved team. And furthermore- the name “Indians” is not even a slight against Native Americans. It’s the 15th century equivalent of calling an apple an orange. Only in this case, the term stuck.

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