Wait, It's Acceptable To Wear Redface?

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We don't want to sound like the PC police here, but seriously now: Is it really OK for Indians fans to be dressing up in red face? We're sure this is something they've been doing for a long time, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's OK.


As someone who spent four years at the student newspaper of a university with a Native American mascot, we are as exhausted by the "debates" about this stuff as anybody. But seriously, red face? With those ridiculous cartoonish smiles? We know it's just a reflection of the logo, but we're not exactly fired up about that either.

Some people are better about explaining this than we are.

Chief Wahoo is the Indians' mascot, a grotesque caricature grinning idiotically through enormous bucked teeth. He's a reminder of the days when whites regarded native Americans as savages on the warpath, with scalps dangling from their belts. And it's time for him to go.

Sorry: We just think it's weird.

The Indians' Mascot Must Go [Christian Science Monitor]

(Joe Posnanski, as usual, nails this better than we ever could.)