Chief Wahoo walks the Trail of Tears.
But real Indians in Memphis aren't sure that a team represented by a cartoon chief pays particularly swell homage to civil rights. The city sits on the Trail of Tears, where the U.S. Government forced Cherokees to relocate out west in 1838, inconveniently killing thousands along the way.
But DiBiasio says there's nothing demeaning about the Indians' name or logo. "We are who we are. Our logo is what it is. ... When people look at our logo, they think of baseball."
Unless, of course, they don't.
"I don't see baseball," says Cummins. "I see the exploitation and the disrespect toward an entire ethnic group."