Tribe Fan Starts GoFundMe to Remove "Racist and Obscene" Wahoo Tattoo

click to enlarge Tribe Fan Starts GoFundMe to Remove "Racist and Obscene" Wahoo Tattoo
GoFundMe: David Allen
The Indians lost to the Yankees last night, and now a Pennsylvania man is trying to raise $1,000 to remove a Chief Wahoo tattoo from his calf.

In a GoFundMe message published yesterday, David Allen said he got the tattoo when he was 18 years old, during the height of the Cleveland Indians hysteria in the 1990s. He now regrets the decision, he said, calling the tattoo "racist and obscene" and a "travesty."

"As a dumb 18-year-old, I had no idea the logo represented a white man’s twisted view of a Native American," Allen wrote. "Little did I know this was would turn out to be worse than a tramp stamp. I have lived in shame both from the worry of offending someone and from embarrassing Indians play over the years. I’ve had enough. Help me right this wrong by donating a few bucks that will put towards removing this travesty from my body once and for all."

You can donate to Allen's campaign here.

And you can read all about the Curse of Chief Wahoo here.

#DeChief

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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