The back page of today's Daily News read: "Gentlemen, Stop Your Injuns." It's unclear how this cleared the copy desk.
As the Cleveland baseball team has continued to incite the ire of those whose find their name and mascot, "Chief Wahoo," offensive, even racist, the Daily News has simply reached a new low.
Just as the pressure has increased on the Washington Redskins to change their derogatory name, this, perhaps, will give a boost to the effort to remove stereotypical, racist Native mascots, nicknames and logos from athletics.
Using the derogatory term "Injun" also contributes to this idea. Like "squaw" and "redskin," it sets up Indians as a class of inferior people. It implies they're all the same, uncivilized, and situated in the distant past.
For more on Indian mascots, see Nugent "Tomahawk Chops" Mascot Critics and Hundt: "Redskins" Is Indecent.