Sign the Petition to Lawrence J. Dolan, Owner - Paul J. Dolan, Chairman/CEO - Mark Shapiro, President

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Please stop using "Indians" as your team Mascot. This mascot is found offensive to many and a mascot that is found offensive by even one person is not a mascot I can cheer for.

To Cleveland's credit it has already taken good steps to eliminate the offensive Chief Wahoo logo, but this is only a start. Changing the team logo and not the team name is not good enough. But is does show that you understand the issue.

The Indian has been the mascot in Cleveland for nearly 100 years. Do you remember the racial dynamic of the US then? It was not a welcoming place for anyone that was not white. That is the culture this mascot was born of, and that is the lagecy that follows this great team.
It is a legacy of "We'll have the Indians on the warpath all the time, eager for scalps to dangle at their belts." That is from a Cleveland sports announcer cheering on the new team name.

Cleveland can do better and its fans deserve better. I'm asking you to rise into a new era in professional sports. Take the lead, and immediately change the name on the baseball team.

Thank you.

Signed,

Nick Magel

Many find the use of Native Americans as sports mascots as demeaning  offensive, and even racist. The fact that these descriptions are even associated with a mascot should be enough to change the mascot. However, Native American mascots have remained a mainstay in sports, from elementry scools to pro teams.

The Cleveland Indians are my favorite team. They are a team who's name I can't even say because some of my friends are Native Americans and find offensive. We talk about it, but I don't have a good answer to why I still yell "go Indians!" It doesn't feel good. 

Why should I be ashamed to cheer for my favorite team? It's time for Cleveland to admit their error and bring Ohio a Mascot that EVERYONE can cheer for. 

"How can we profess equality of all Americans, then mock the first Americans in our sports teams?"

Read the great article "Cleveland Indians' Mascot Must Go" where this quote came from.

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