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The Cleveland Indians will finally abandon their racist logo after this season

30 January 2018

The announcement was made on Monday, via the New York Times, as the team said the Wahoo logo, long derided as a racist caricature by many, would be fully removed from the team's current set of jerseys and logos by 2019.

In discussions spanning the past year, Major League Baseball had urged the team to remove the logo despite the wishes of numerous team's fans who want to keep it, the statement said.

However, the team will continue to sell merchandise adorned with Chief Wahoo in northeast OH, a decision the AP says was made to keep trademark rules in place.

The NFL's Washington Redskins have come under similar pressure to change their Indian-head logo and their name but so far have resisted.

"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan's acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course".

"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", said Commissioner Manfred.

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Dolan said he was "cognizant and sensitive" to opinions on both sides of the discussion, adding that he was "ultimately in agreement" to remove the logo beginning in 2019. The initial lawsuit was dismissed, but a local architect and baseball fan refiled his suit previous year. In 1915, the franchise changes its team name to the Indians. The Indians will continue to wear the Wahoo logo in 2018, and even after it is gone from the uniform, the club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in the Cleveland area.

"The decision by the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo from team uniforms is wonderful news for the city".

The fight over Wahoo has spanned decades in Cleveland.

"Those Native American protesters who gather at the ironically named Progressive Field-some of them members of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance-have not been met with open arms or friendly words". That court case was dismissed by a judge.

The presence of the Wahoo logo is likely to remain strong in the stands on caps, T-shirts and signs, and other Native American references in the stadium will probably persist. Facing criticsm then, Manfred said that he wanted to eliminate the symbol, and debate grew more intense when it was announced that Cleveland had won the bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game.

"I would have just ripped off the Band-Aid", Brown said.

The Cleveland Indians will finally abandon their racist logo after this season