Chief Wahoo should go
"It makes me feel bad," he said. If a similar image was used to portray black Americans, "the NAACP would be up in arms about it. The Urban League would be up in arms about it."
Wahoo is not harmless, Indian leaders say.
Chief Wahoo reinforces the image of Indians as "anachronistic savages," said Gavin Clarkson, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who teaches in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
"It's a powerful image," he said. "If you ask someone from Cleveland, 'quick, think of an Indian,' chances are this is the image" that will come to mind.
In other words, if your first thought is that an Indian is a redskinned savage from the distant past, you aren't paying enough attention to today's Indians. And you won't pay enough attention to them. Why? Because you're not aware of their existence. As far as you're concerned, Indians are dead and gone.
We could prove the point with a survey. Divide people into two groups: those who support Wahoo and those who oppose him. Ask them true/false questions about Indians. For instance:
I'm guessing there'd be a strong correlation between those who support Chief Wahoo and those who answer these questions wrong. Does anyone disagree? Would you like to bet on it?