Hoo boy. The Cleveland Indians baseball organization is getting sued over its mascot.
According to multiple news sources this afternoon, a group called People Not Mascots is preparing to file a Federal lawsuit against the team’s ownership in response to the team’s longstanding association with its logo and mascot, Chief Wahoo.
The team has been fronted by an Indian-themed mascot of some kind or other since 1928, and has been dealing with sanctimonious protests of its alleged racist connotations for more than half that time. In 1972, the Cleveland American Indian Center sued the team for $9 million over the use of Chief Wahoo, a case that was settled (with no mascot change) in 1983. Intermittent objections have regularly cropped up ever since.
“It’s been offensive since day one,” Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache Indian and member of People Not Mascots, told NBC News. “We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”
The plaintiffs have indicated they will file the suit in July.
Indians fan site Roll Tribe Nation braced itself for an unfolding political correctness storm today, pledging to acknowledge all points of view as Cleveland becomes the focus of the Nation’s next big celebration of self-righteousness. “While Roll Tribe Nation has not taken a stance on Chief Wahoo, we will be running articles on the issue, representing multiple viewpoints,” the site promised.