Another Stereotype of the Month entry. From MSNBC.com:
Chief Wahoo survives legal challenge
Columbus, OH. March 31 The Cleveland Indians team mascot has survived a challenge before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
The panel has dismissed complaints filed last June that had alleged the grinning, red-skinned Chief Wahoo is racist.
Three American Indians had said Chief Wahoo makes it impossible for them to equally enjoy Jacobs Field the same as non-American Indians.
The commissions decision hinged on the definition of full enjoyment of the park, which it determined was full and equal access.
The commission also threw out a companion complaint filed by a white woman who compared the Wahoo logo to a Nazi swastika. She argued Chief Wahoo prevents her from enjoying the benefits of an inter-cultural association with American Indians.
A team official says the ruling speaks for itself.
This isn't an April Fool's joke, alas.
So if the government allowed Nazi stormtroopers to parade, the KKK to burn crosses, or people to scream obscenities at the top of their lungs, that would be okay? As long as visitors could come and go freely? Hmm. Interesting definition of "full enjoyment."
Author Jody David Armour's thoughts on Chief Wahoo
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