I was born and raised in Cleveland. I am a huge fan of the Indians. I feel as if I can speak for a good amount of the fans. Racism and any “politically incorrect” statement is something learned. Never once in my life did I think of Chief Wahoo and a Native American as the same. It was not even something insulting to any Native American! To me, Chief Wahoo is a symbol of a team and sport that has entertained and made me SO happy my entire life. To me, a complaint against Chief Wahoo is the same as me saying that Mario and Luigi are insulting to me and my Italian heritage. I am not at all insulted by the stereotypes that they portray. In fact, after thinking about it, I am just happy that it brings some happiness to people.
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