#WahooWatch: Protests in Arizona as Tribe Takes on Diamondbacks

click to enlarge Protesters at Progressive Field, Opening Day, 2014 - Sam Allard / Scene
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Protesters at Progressive Field, Opening Day, 2014
Anti-Wahoo protesters gathered last night before the Indians v. Diamondbacks game at Chase Field in Phoenix. Organized by Kristy Blackhorse and the group Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, the protest was similar in tone and content to the opening day protests which have been a staple of Cleveland professional baseball for decades.

Blackhorse's sister is Amanda Blackhorse, who filed the successful law suit which last week stripped the federal trademark rights for the Washington Redskins. 

At Chase Field, the Arizona Republic got a hold of a few Cleveland fans, who reiterated the prominent delusional local view that Chief Wahoo is a positive symbol which honors native peoples.

"[Wahoo is] a positive figure,"  one fan told the paper. "People in Cleveland feel it's a tribe, like a community. It's not supposed to be something negative."

Meantime, a local American Indian group intends to file a major suit against the Cleveland Indians by late July. Members feel that Chief Wahoo is a racist, dehumanizing caricature.  

Only other thing worth noting is that in Arizona, folks pronounce "Wahoo" with emphasis on the second syllable. wa-HOO. Ample video evidence below: 

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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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