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Cleveland baseball fans stand against racism by #DeChiefing their gear

In the past few months, debate surrounding the use of racial caricatures as pro sports mascots has reached a fever pitch. Just ask the Washington Redskins, who’ve endured significant backlash for both their refusal to change their name and their half-assed attempts to placate their critics.

But a few miles west, fans of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians are taking a stand. In a motion of solidarity, a small but growing number have been “de-Chiefing” their paraphernalia by removing the offensive “Chief Wahoo” mascot from caps and jerseys that bear its likeness.

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  HELL YES I like this

I read the team this year replaced Chief Wahoo with a C on the home caps, which some sports writers believe shows a willingness to move away from that ugly logo. But good on fans for taking it to the next level.

Source: policymic
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I don’t like sports, but the Bearcats are my new favorite team.

I love how it gets more elaborate each time. These boys are thinking this through.

This is my favorite post of all time

Photobombing > pie in the face

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Chick-fil-A Uses ‘Tomahawk Chop’ to Profit off Racism Perpetuated by Native Mascots, By Danielle Miller

If you didn’t already boycott Chick-fil-A for their anti gay statements now you may have even more of a reason for their racism against Native Americans. Chick-Fil-A created a giant robotic cow (40 feet high and 15,000 pounds) next to a giant coke bottle with a picture of a tomahawk. The cow’s arm moves to do the “tomahawk dance” but it looks more like a nazi gesture. A simple search on google shows plenty of pictures and videos of the cow; it wears signs with different messages such as:  “Chopping makes hungree 4 chikin” “Chop on chikin luverz chop on” “Chop burgerz outta yer diet”.

Chick-fil-A is a company that has proudly presented its Christian values.  Chick-fil-A’s tomahawk cow is highly problematic when you consider the history of religious violence Christianity has had with Native Americans, the attempted termination of Native American cultures, as well as attempted extermination of Native Americans was committed in the name of Christianity.

This modern perpetuation of stereotypes continues to be an act of cultural conquest as well as a strategy to dehumanize Native Americans to justify other acts of economic conquest. Native mascots, as well as dances like the tomahawk chant, continue to contribute to these issues and do nothing but perpetuate ignorance and racism.

I do not even want to entertain the “honor” argument on this issue, but it will be addressed since that is the most frequent excuse for racism against natives in sports. In no way do I see how the tomahawk chant could be an honor to Natives. It references the history of scalping and perpetuates false savage stereotypes. The act of even perpetuating stereotypes, and such a graphic dance and chant, is primitive and beyond disrespectful.

The fact that children are witnessing these atrocities is unacceptable.  Fake tomahawks are being sold at games. What a way to market racism and violence to children and sports fans.

apparently this cow has been in Turner Field for years, so even before Chick-fil-A’s homophobia became an issue this should have been a red flag

moot for me (no Chick-fil-A in Japan) but never eat there. Ever.

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Ian asked: I think this might be racist.

Weird how fans of the Cleveland Racists always claim their mascot is respectful. Racists: you’re all completely full of shit assholes and you are too dumb to fool us.

PS. Fuck you.

Cleveland…just go back to being the Spiders. It’s not like the “Indians” name or that awful caricature have brought you any luck.

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"You think that your children are going to grow up to be a lot like you, but then they develop into a completely different person. Yesterday my seven year old son told me that reggae was boring. That hurt a little."

I know just how this woman feels. Lately my son has shown an aversion to pizza and it’s KILLING ME.

I always wince at parents who worry about their kids turning out to be gay or trans or whatever. My biggest fear is that one of my kids will become a Red Sox fan.

Source: humansofnewyork

Public Shaming: Baseball Fans SUPER ANGRY Hispanic American Superstar Sang 'God Bless America' at All-Star Game


Last night was the 2013 MLB All-Star game. Ah, America’s past time! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? And what better way to open up America’s game then with a heartfelt rendition of ‘God Bless America’?

And…wait, a minute. Who is this guy coming out to sing God Bless AMERICA?




The funniest part of this (sad, pathetic bunch of racists) is when the comment “he is from New York” is dismissed as “doesn’t look like it.” Are racists so racist they don’t think New York City has any Spanish-speaking residents?

Marc Anthony looks EXACTLY like a New Yorker. So does Ichiro. New York City has a million fucking languages being spoken at all times. That’s one of the reasons it’s so exciting.

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Public Shaming: ESPN Commentator: Japanese Fan Looks Like He Needs Some Rice, Some Sushi!


During the World Cup of Softball gold medal game between the United States and Japan, Michele Smith of ESPN seemed to get a great kick out of one of the Japanese fans. When the excited fan decided to chill out a bit on the cheering and take a break, Smith made the brilliantly astute observation…

(click above for the video. For the record, she has apologized albeit in “quotes” which is weird)

A few years ago I remember watching a Little League World Series game on ESPN between a Japanese team and an American team and the announcers had a BIG LAUGH when they learned the Japanese team ate McDonalds before the game. Because there’s nothing funnier than kids eating McDonalds, am I right? How absurd! Kids everywhere hate cheeseburgers and French fries.

I also remember this one time Tim McCarver said on the air that the only sport more popular than baseball in Japan was sumo wrestling, a statement that is so wrong it goes beyond wrong and lands squarely in “racist assumptions”.

What is it about Japan that brings out the worst in sports announcers?

Source: publicshaming

"…when the [New York Mets] decided that it would be a nice gesture to organize game-day festivities with the local American Indian community, it took months for someone to realize the potentially problematic scheduling of Native American Heritage Day on July 25th, when the Atlanta Braves were in town. Faced with the prospect of embarrassing their guests and not wanting to appear insensitive, the Mets followed centuries of American tradition and shafted the Native Americans."


Caitlin Kelly, at the New Yorker

Seriously, they cancelled Native American Heritage Day so the racist baseball team wouldn’t get their feelings hurt.

This is shameful and embarrassing because a celebration was cancelled after months of planning (all to avoid offending the Atlanta Braves, god forbid) but it’s also intensely funny to me because it’s another Mets screw-up in the long tradition of Mets screw-ups.

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"Only George Steinbrenner could pass away on the morning of - and thus overshadow - baseball’s All-Star Game."

- Keith Olbermann shares a few memories of the late Yankees owner.

"The technology just has gotten too good to ignore."


The above quotation comes from this wonderful SI piece about the umpire who blew the call on that perfect game earlier this month. Most stories written about that incident have been preposterous defenses of baseball as some kind of “unique” sport that absolutely positively cannot adapt to allow for replay/second-guessing or else the entire operation would somehow cease to be special. Thankfully, this story is just that: a story about the man who messed up and how he (and the pitcher) both managed to come out of this nightmare smiling and feeling OK about everything.

I couldn’t help but isolate that quote though. What the hell is Bud Black implying here? Instant replay is, by my watch, over 40 years old. Every pro sport has used it, in some capacity or another, for years - in some cases, decades.

The only thing preventing instant replay from being used in professional baseball is professional baseball. Stubborn people - be they players, owners, fans or journalists, insist that using actual video evidence to verify an umpire’s call will magically suck the “human element” out of the game forever.

In other words, the opposition to replay in baseball is not (and has never been) a technological issue. It’s an ideological one, and it’s high time we got over ourselves.

Baseball is great. Check that, baseball is better than great. It’s fantastic. I love it. Millions of people in countries around the world love it - way more than love (American) football, for sure.

But baseball isn’t “special.” It is not above improvement. Having people screw up publicly and spectacularly on television without a handy “undo” button does not make the game better. A willingness to correct errors will do just that.

[link via @KenTremendous]