I’ve written before about how the Wahoo logo is the non-verbal equivalent of a racial slur and about the severe irony in Wahoo’s grotesque racist Native American caricature and mascot having his home in a place called Progressive Field.
More than seven years ago, it appeared that Cleveland was moving away from placing the Wahoo logo front and center, but that turned out to be wishful thinking, instead the continued use and attention has spawned fans to dress up in red face as Wahoo disciples.
It is actually a sad state of affairs for all of us, including those of us who love baseball, that Cleveland did not have the wisdom to retire a racist logo long ago. Where has the MLB leadership been on this issue? How about Cleveland’s main sponsor, Progressive Insurance?
The New York Times writes today about the offensive Wahoo logo: “A slur is a slur, and it needs to be retired.” Hat tip to James, thank you.
What will it take for Progressive Insurance to say, enough is enough, we don’t want Flo and our Progressive brand reputation to be wrapped up together with such racist imagery?