Is it surprising to anyone that a war had take place for slavery to be abolished? Some will say that chief Wahoo and slavery are completely different. They are not. What's in common is the mindset of the people that get it and those that don't. It is as simple as right and wrong. I’m not saying that chief Wahoo is the equivalent of slavery. That’s not my point. I’m speaking of the mindset and capacity for people to ignore something that is wrong and are willing to fight in order to keep it. Keeping chief Wahoo is wrong. Slavery is wrong. People can try to make it grey, but it isn't. Saying, “ Chief Wahoo doesn’t represent racism to me”, does not make the caricature of Chief Wahoo any less racist. It's not about what you think or how it makes you feel, good or bad. It's about right and wrong. It’s like saying, “I wouldn’t own a slave, but if somebody wants to own a slave, that’s their business.” Does that make slavery right? Is slavery right if you wouldn’t do it or that it doesn’t offend you?
Am I saying that if you support chief Wahoo, then you also support slavery? Maybe. I know that you have the same mindset. Is it an unreasonable to assume that people who support chief Wahoo, also would support slavery? Maybe. But both slavery and racism are unreasonable. People that justify the racism of chief Wahoo are susceptible to any number of things that are consistent with those thoughts.
Here's a short true-story (not HIS-story) lesson for you. The only reason slavery was abolished was because the U. S. of A. was feeling pressure and losing respect among other nations for their continued use of slavery. For the rest of the world, slavery was frowned upon. It never was about helping the Black folks. The USA could not have become or be the “leader of the free world” if their own house was not indeed free. Taking that true-story lesson to Cleveland’s current existence. If you think that chief Wahoo doesn’t play a significant role in Cleveland’s presence and perception, then you are in denial. Like it or not, Chief Wahoo perpetuates a racist undercurrent for the city of Cleveland to other cities and this nation, period. If you support Chief Wahoo, then you are an active participant (willingly or not) of the racist undercurrent of the city.
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