For quite some time, there has been conversation about the Cleveland Indians “Chief Wahoo” logo. The logo has been viewed as many as offensive to Native Americans, and now a Native American group is planning to take action.
According to a report from CBS Cleveland, a group of Native Americans is planning to file a $9 billion federal lawsuit for the offensive “Chief Wahoo” logo and the lawsuit could be filed as early as next month.
“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache and director of the American Indian Education Center, told WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since day one. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”
It was only a matter of time until a lawsuit like this came up, and it would appear that the Indians were slowly working away from the Chief Wahoo logo in order to avoid this kind of mess.
The lawsuit may now ensure that the team moves away from the logo completely.
If the lawsuit does reach court and the Native American group is awarded any amount of money, you can guarantee that will open Washington Redskins owner Dan Synder’s eyes once and for all.
At the very least, let’s hope the planned lawsuit can stop anything like this from ever happening again.
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