The Indians are no longer proud of their name, which is widely considered insensitive to indigenous peoples, and seem to be taking steps to find a new name.
After players and senior management came together to discuss the issue and the club met with Native American groups, the team chose to wear their road uniforms at home in the season opener against the Royals on Friday. The road threads have the word “Cleveland”, while the home threads have “Indians”.
“Today, as part of that meeting, we will be wearing the Cleveland jerseys to make us aware that this is a start,” short stopper Francisco Lindor told reporters before the game. “We hope this is the beginning of a change. We know that change is needed and it is time. “
For today’s opener, the team is wearing their navy uniforms that read CLEVELAND instead of their usual home uniforms with INDIANS on the chest.
Francisco Lindor: “We can only change things by making people recognize and teach themselves that change is needed.”
– Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) July 24, 2020
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The team has been called the Indians since 1915; before that it went through the Naps, Bronchos and Blues.
While people have protested to the Indians over their names and the now-defunct Chief Wahoo mascot in recent decades, pressure to change their image has intensified in recent months as protests against racism have engulfed the U.S. settle for “Washington Football Team” until a new name is found.
Protesters gathered outside Progressive Field on Friday to express their displeasure at the use of Native Americans. Maybe they will soon get the name change they have been looking for for a long time.