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Cleveland–the only MLB team with an irrefutably racist team name.

  • Racism:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 
  • Racist: a person or action supporting racism, having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another
  • Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

 

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Opening Day 2014

Today this letter has been submitted to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It is another opening day is a racist sport in a city with a racist team. WE can do better.

April 4, 2014

Dear Cleveland Plain Dealer Editors,

Today we are asking the fans and the owners, Larry Dolan and the Dolan family, the players and the team management and the full leadership of MLB to step up to the plate and do the right thing: Change the Cleveland MLB team name and logo. Using the identity of a proud race of people for profit is wrong. Exploiting a racist identity is wrong. Keeping a relic of our shared racist past in front of children today perpetuates that violently horrible type of thinking and is wrong.

Here in Cleveland many have debated, discussed and argued over this team name and mascot, for decades. We have been involved in those discussions, those demonstrations and the formal legal filings. Yet this issue is not really one in need of court decisions—it belongs in the hearts of the fans throughout MLB and the good people of Greater Cleveland.

The team has had other names in the past, many MLB teams have. Today, with Opening Day arrived at our doorstep for the 2014 MLB Cleveland Season it is time to move forward, retire the name, create a new logo and give the team, the players and all of those who love America’s pastime something to be proud of, the courage shown by doing the right thing.

We ask everyone to come together, with good will, decency and integrity and create a new team name and a new logo. We can move beyond yesterday, make today a good day and build a better tomorrow.

 

Sherrie Noble                    Robert Roche

Ok, The President Agrees, It Is Time For A Change

Ok, The President Agrees, It Is Time For A Change

Well, this did not get a lot of publicity but it is important. POTUS thinks offensive names deserve to be consigned to the bins of history. Team owners, managers, players–all sports–are you listening? If any of you think this was some sort of off the cuff comment, wake up. Racism is still far too alive and present in major USA sports. Both the interviewer and Obama gave this topic time and attention.

Now it is time for the owners to make the changes. Fans–suggestion: stop buying team merchandise. Support the team with the colors but get the owners’ attentions by impacting their bottom line profits. 

Racism is Sports is Supported by MLB Right Now

Racism is Sports is Supported by MLB Right Now

Chief Wahoo is racist. These pictures show the 21st century version of black face, trivializing indigenous people, continuing ignorance and creating the seeds of contempt and hate. it is time for MLB to formally take the team owners to task, demand changes and stop teaching children and young people that identifying a race of people as worthy of caricature is fine in the name of profit. To the team players, you too are responsible since you profit from the team identity. Now that you are not in contention start petitioning for a change.

To the fans of Cleveland and the sport and team: it is time to retire these sdymbols, create a new identity and make it someting everyone in Cleveland and all throughout Amerrica can look on with pride and enjoyment. 

Dreams Today

Hi Karen,
Today is the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King’s Dream speach–where were you when you first heard it?
I remember hearing it on the news either the day it happened of just afterwards. I do not remember anything racist from our father but there was a sort of they are them and we are us and both are different feel to the family. It was separate but equal thinking, which after sitting in Church andf weekly hearing the readings and preaching never made sense to me. It still doesn’t.
I don’t know if you’ve seen some of the latest work in bio-connections and bio-modifications but it seems to be progressing ever faster. yesterday I saw yet another report of using electronics to connect two people and have remotely triggered movement. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130827122713.htm
When are we going to recognize this as society and figure out we need to find ways to be ok with each other? It is so basic I barely know where to start the discussions…so, Sis, suggestions welcome. We all have this one life and it is beautiful. I find it most beautiful when shared. You?
I like nice dreams and want a few for everyone in my life, you included! What are you dreaming of today?