By Doug Brown
Audio from two games of the 1948 World Series--games one and five, the two games the Indians lost in the six-game series--popped up on YouTube today and they're well-worth a listen for nostalgic Cleveland sports fans, and those interested in some good ole' fashion racial stereotyping. And while you're listening, open this recent story about the Indians phasing out Chief Wahoo, and Scene's takedown of the racist logo.
This is what Indian mascots are: a compendium of mistakes and stereotypes that homogenize hundreds of diverse cultures into a mass of savage warriors. There's no honor in any of this stereotyping; it's pure racism.
Every mascot from the first part of the 20th century has a history like this. This history is usually 50-75 years of ugly mockery--of faux "Indians" gyrating, whooping, and chopping like crazed killers.
Only recently have professional and college teams wised up and realized their mascots were racist. Only then did they make up the "honoring" argument and try to sell it.
But no sensible person is buying it. A dignified and noble Indian is a PR person's spin on the real mascot, who is a savage through and through.