Man in Redface meets real Native American

Photo Credit: Twitter (@ClevelandFrowns)

Photo Credit: Twitter (@ClevelandFrowns)

On Friday afternoon, there was a surreal moment outside of Progressive Field when a Cleveland Indians fan wearing redface and a head dress came face to face with a Native American prior to the team’s game with the Minnesota Twins.

The Native American was Robert Roche, an Apache who was outside of the stadium protesting the game.

It was a moment that got social media buzzing about the blatant disrespect and insensitive nature of the fans who decide to paint their faces in such a manner without considering how they could be perceived.

A majority of people who saw the photo instantly recognized what was wrong with the picture, while others were defending the fan for simply showing his support of the team. There is nothing wrong with supporting your team and being a fan, but you can be a “true fan” without doing something that is racist in nature.

Redface was used in American Indian caricatures and propaganda to generate stereotypes in the past, which is something that everyone should understand before busting out the pain and covering their faces.

Despite the unfortunate history, people continue to defend the use of redface and it needs to stop.

Below are just a few examples of how ridiculous the arguments appear when you defend the decision to put on your paint:







This photo will re-0pen the debate about whether or not the Indians franchise should refrain from using the Chief Wahoo logo moving forward.

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  • joshsanchez

    Pretty disgraceful. Hopefully Robert Roche taught him a humbling lesson.

  • Brian Huth

    This is stupid! Maybe some day Josh Sanchez will get his head out of his @$$ and realize that there is nothing wrong with a fan showing his appreciation to the team.

  • Brian Huth

    BTW there was all of about 5 people out there protesting Chief Wahoo and 41,000 people supporting him and the team.

    • Patrick Allen

      What does supporting the team have to do with dressing up in racist redface? I’m an Indians fan. Watched the game yesterday. Stopped wearing my Wahoo hat three years ago because I realized I was walking around with a big, ugly, racist charicature of an actual race of people on my head.

      Just because something has been around a long time doesn’t mean it is right. Also, what is wrong with people caring about whether or not they are degrading another human being and why do people get so angry and start ranting about the “PC Police?” I view that consideration as kindness.

  • Diegoblue

    As long as the Powers that be are not offended those who are have always been told to get over it. Calm down .. Relax .. You people are so sensitive etc etc but let that shoe be on the other foot then its a problem.

  • doomedby2020

    No, the liberal media shoving this in our face, and the select few native Americans supported by a hoard of white people who are just dying to get upset about something will KEEP the so-called debate open. Last I checked a native american does not have a red face……

    “”this photo will re-0pen the debate about whether or not the Indians franchise should refrain from using the Chief Wahoo logo moving forward.”

    • Patrick Allen

      I am not “liberal media” whatever that means. I am a human being that believes that painting my face to look like another race, whether my intention is to degrade or not (intention is irrelevant when you do something hurtful, racist) is wrong. I don’t sit around looking for things to get upset about. There is plenty of things I see every day that upset me. Like watching men catcall and humiliate women trying to walk down the street in NYC.

      Why don’t you try painting yourself up in blackface and then go waltz in to Harlem and see what happens. I am sure you can just explain to them that the fact that they are offended is only because the liberal media told them they should be. Then explain that you are either A. painting your face out of respect for their culture or B. supporting a sports team. Sure that will work out really well.

      • doomedby2020

        Wearing the traditional Blackface costume as used in the minstrel shows…which IS the meaning of the word, I would presume is offensive. Dressing up to celebrate Mandela on Halloween including black makeup on my face is not an offense.
        Typical fanatical method…change the meaning of the word, then lynch the people.