The Cleveland Indians will soon be history!
The US baseball team, known as the Indians since 1915, will be called the Cleveland Guardians after the current season ends. The club announced this in a video recorded by Hollywood star Tom Hanks (65) on Twitter. The association is also given a new logo with the name.
Baseball fan Hanks: “Cleveland has always been the best part of our name. This is the city that we love. And the game we believe in. And together we are all the Cleveland Guardians. “
The background to the change are longstanding accusations of racism. Indigenous organizations and other critics had branded the previous name as racist.
The head of the NCAI indigenous representatives, Fawn Sharp, welcomed the club’s decision. The baseball team has taken “another important step to help the wounds that its former mascot has caused among indigenous people”.
Former US President Donald Trump (75) reacts angrily: “Such a shame, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians in our country.”
He thinks, “Wouldn’t it be an honor to have a team called the Cleveland Indians and wouldn’t it be disrespectful to tear that name and logo off those jerseys?”
After the Washington Football Team, which split from its Redskins (redskins) name and logo last summer, the baseball team was the second major US league team to give in to public pressure.
Even then, Trump criticized: “What is happening here? This is not good news, even for ‘Indians’. “
Cleveland had already separated from its mascot, an Indian cartoon, in 2019. In the summer of last year, the team announced that it would hold talks with representatives of the indigenous community about a possible renaming. In December it announced that it would delete the word “Indians” from its name. In search of a new name, the Major League Baseball (MLB) club surveyed more than 40,000 fans.
Despite growing criticism after the death of the African-American George Floyd in May 2020 and the subsequent anti-racism protests in the US, many sports teams in the US continue to have names that are perceived as racist by indigenous peoples, including the Seattle Seahawks football team and ice hockey – Chicago Blackhawks Club.