Chief Wahoo Protest Will Go On Despite Removal From Jerseys

In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, foam images of the MLB baseball Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo are displayed for sale at the Indians’ team shop in Cleveland. The Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform in the 2019 season, but the Club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. The U.S. has spent most of 2019 coming to grips with blackface and racist imagery, but Native Americans say they don’t see significant pressure applied to those who perpetuate Native American stereotypes. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Opponents of the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo are planning to demonstrate before the club’s home opener even though team has dropped the mascot from their caps and jerseys.

Organizers of the protest say they still want the team to change its name.

That’s why they’ll be outside Progressive Field again when Cleveland opens its home season against the Chicago White Sox on April 1.

The cartoonish, red faced logo has been part of the team’s history for more than 60 years.

The team decided in early 2018 to bench the polarizing Chief Wahoo this season after lengthy talks with the leaders of Major League Baseball.

But one of the protest organizers tells that fans won’t stop dressing up like Native Americans until the name is changed.

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