Reports: Cleveland Indians to drop nickname
The Cleveland Indians baseball team will remove the nickname they've used for 105 years, the New York Times first reported Sunday.
Why it matters: Native Americans have long called the moniker offensive. Cleveland announced in July the team was looking into changing its name. It began removing the Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms last year as it's deemed racist by many.
- Campaigns to stamp out racial and social injustice have gained momentum in the U.S. following the May death in police custody of George Floyd.
- The Washington Football Team announced in July that it was dropping its "Redskins" nickname, which was considered by many to be racist toward Native Americans.
Details: Cleveland is expected to announce its plans as early as this week, per the NYT and ESPN, which notes the team hasn't decided on a new moniker.
- It wasn't immediately clear whether the name change would happen straight away or following the 2021 season.
What they're saying: The Oneida Nation, which is headquartered in New York, said in a statement to ESPN that the change was "the culmination of decades of work."
- "Groups like the National Congress of American Indians passed resolutions for decades on this, social science has made clear these names are harmful and Cleveland got out in front of it and they're leading, and rather than having this hanging over their heads, they're charting a new path," the statement added.
- President Trump tweeted, "Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for "Indians". Cancel culture at work!"
- Cleveland did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment on the reports.
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