Cleveland

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You ARE involved--if you watch any of the major league sports but especially America's  Pastime: Baseball. 

 

You ARE supporting racism if you stay silent.

 

You ARE teaching racism to all children when you do not point out the racism in the Cleveland MLB baseball team, the Atlanta MLB team and the Washington D.C. NFL team  even when those teams are not playing. All the teams, both sports, profit from the existence of the Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington D.C. teams.



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We CAN stopt accepting racism. 

 

When you support the advertisers in these sports you are supporting racism. When you spend your time watching these sports, talking about these sports, even playing these sports and do not identify the racism you ARE silently supporting racism. 

You ARE doing the right thing when you TALK about this, OPEN the discussion, SHARE ideas for new team identities and MOVE the conversation into your home, office, work and neighborhood. 

A good today and a better tomorrow ARE yours to choose and yours to make happen. Will you do this or are you still silent? 

   

LeBron, Welcome Home--Now What?

LeBron, Welcome Home--Now What? View image on Twitter

When racism directly hit your league you spoke out. Thank you for that. You rather brilliantly controlled the announcement of your return to Ohio. My question for you Mr. James is this: do you really care about racism, in all its forms, in sports? In all sports?

If so, what is your position on the racism in the NFL and in MLB and in all the other arenas in Ohio and all the cities where NBA teams play involving the Native American team identities? Cleveland is your sport's home as much as Akron is your family's home and Cleveland has the most racist team in MLB in the country.

The team name while currently commonly accepted does represent a racist and arrogant mistake by a man determined to conquer an entire continent centuries ago, a mistake never really addressed and certainly not corrected. The logo is the modern version of plenty of ugly racist caricatures no longer accepted as legitimate but in Cleveland it is accepted as "cute"--Chief Wahoo. Will you stand up and call out this racist issue? Or do you only care about racism as it affects your own race?

Is racism in all its forms, against all people important enough for you to take a stand?

Slovakia Gets It Right, Can MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL et al Ever Get It Right?

Slovakia Gets It Right, Can MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL et al Ever Get It Right? It can be simple: Racism is wrong. Racism in any and all forms will not be acceptable. Racism will not be tolerated. Ever. Period. Slovakia gets it right.

Teams, players, Commissioners, families, owners, coaches, staff, broadcasters, fans--how can you keep looking for justifications for your cowardace? Silence condones the status quo. Speak up. Make the changes, do the right thing, not because you are somehow giving in, somehow doing what "they" say to do, or "they" say not to do but because it is the decent, human, respectful, honorable and right thing to take actioin. Fire racism. Change the names, logos, mascots and all representations that are racist  and associated with any of the teams. Change the owners when necessary. 

Mr. Larry Dolan, Mr. Paul Dolan, Mr. Mark Shapiro--can you give one legitimate reason not to change the Cleveland team name and logo--other than  the unbelievably weak "tradition" or perhaps "profits", or perhaps you personally each "don't see anything wrong with it" or your own individual and maybe joint fear of public or even private social reaction? Really? It is time for a mirror check--you, in your own mirror and the mirror of each of your consciences. 

Tell me, tell the world, tell your children and grandchildren that for the sake of pride, ego, sheer stubbornness you stood down everyone and "did it your way"--do you each really think the world is going to honor that choice and your following generations will be pleased that they have to answer for your intransience, that they have to find the courage you lack to do what you failed to do? It is not the 19th century, the 20th century or even the first decade of the 21st century. Your actions in 2014 are indefensible. The world has, in fact, changed.

It is simple: do the right thing and stop profiting from the name of a race of people(the reasoning behind the name is described elsewhere in this blog and from its origins until today it is wrong, factually, ethically and morally) and a demeaning, degrading and insulting racist caricature. Do not look to find apologists, do not look to poll a committee or a community or a board of directors. Do not look to clergy, academia or marketers for quidance. The clergy are occupied elweshere with their own faiulres and issues, academia is facing the digital evolution in education and marketers will do as you ask since you employ them.

For once take the lead, open a discussion with those of us who have pressed this issue forward for years and start the conversation not with a question as to how you can profit from the change but rather how you can do the change of both name and logo in a way that gives the change truth, respect and dignity for all involved.

I have asked this of you before and here I ask yet again: begin the conversation with those of us formally involved, now.

That question about how to increase profits and the change--check the transcripts from the deposition I personally participated in during the OCRC filing against Gateway and the team, your team--your lawyers asked it of me, just before we adjourned and the transcriptionist should have had it on the record. I had ideas and a plan then and still do have ideas as to how the change can be profitable today. However, I deferred, very deliberately on the answer, as I will here. That is a conversation for an entirely different setting but as businessmen I would certainly think you also have ideas on the subject. The courage to tackle the issue? That I have not yet seen, anywhere, ever, at all.

From Slovakia:

"One of the faces of the public-service RTVS sports desk, Kristína Kormúthová, was sacked after she posted a controversial comment on her Facebook profile on May 16. Kormúthová wrote on Facebook that a man who, according to her, tried to steal the rain gutter from her house at night was “a prematurely born, stinky gypsy” and asked why “us hunters” cannot shoot such people like animals. She concluded, “And let anyone dare call me a racist!”"  She is now fired, because of the statement. More on the link above.

That is leadership and integrity in action. Can we have it here in American sports, in the National Pastime?

Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights The United Nations has found  "the use of stereotypes obscures understanding of the reality of Native Americans today and instead help to keep alive racially discriminatory attitudes." Last month the owner of the Redskins was again challenged to reconsider his position on the team name

This week the state of relations between the First Nations and Canada have again come under critical review and been found wanting. This parallels findings to some extent of the Special Rapportuer when he was examining the situation in the USA. He clearly outlined standards: "Private actors also have responsibilities independently of the States' obligation to promote and protect human rights," Mr. Anaya said.  http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/statements/usa-redskins-team-mascot-hurtful-reminder-of-past-suffering-of-native-americans 

MLB teams are in Canada and the USA, both have indigenous peoples still living in communities with rights of self-governance and MLB still continues to claim the name and logo in Cleveland are neither racist nor contributors to racism. Are these claims honestly true?

Only One Team....It Is Still Wrong

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Cleveland–the only MLB team with an irrefutably racist team name.

  • Racism:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 
  • Racist: a person or action supporting racism, having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another
  • Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

 

The team, the City anf MLB deserve the balck eye on the lake. 

Opening Day Cleveland MLB 2014

This letter has gone to the Cleveland PD and the entire country now. It is another day of wrong that need not happen. We can and must do better. April 4, 2014

Dear Cleveland Plain Dealer Editors,

Today we are asking the fans and the owners, Larry Dolan and the Dolan family, the players and the team management and the full leadership of MLB to step up to the plate and do the right thing: Change the Cleveland MLB team name and logo. Using the identity of a proud race of people for profit is wrong. Exploiting a racist identity is wrong. Keeping a relic of our shared racist past in front of children today perpetuates that violently horrible type of thinking and is wrong.

Here in Cleveland many have debated, discussed and argued over this team name and mascot, for decades. We have been involved in those discussions, those demonstrations and the formal legal filings. Yet this issue is not really one in need of court decisions—it belongs in the hearts of the fans throughout MLB and the good people of Greater Cleveland.

The team has had other names in the past, many MLB teams have. Today, with Opening Day arrived at our doorstep for the 2014 MLB Cleveland Season it is time to move forward, retire the name, create a new logo and give the team, the players and all of those who love America’s pastime something to be proud of, the courage shown by doing the right thing.

We ask everyone to come together, with good will, decency and integrity and create a new team name and a new logo. We can move beyond yesterday, make today a good day and build a better tomorrow.

 

Sherrie Noble  J.D. and Robert Roche

Where Real Change Can Start--Today

Something to Consider AND A Needed Change I live near Cambridge, the city outside Boston where Harvard is located and whichis mentioned in the link. More change than highlighted here is needed: the parking on the streets in Cambridge is so cramped and scarce(and Harvard does not seem to build either new parking facilities or dorms) that parking spaces, just like student body acceptance places are “legacy.”

The point of the article, that social stratification is real, is long overdue. It happens worldwide and in all ethnic, social and racial communities. I personally would like to see the concept of "race" replaced by our identity as human beings and just maybe race re-identified as simply skin color, as we have eye color, hair color, height, weight. But we have to start where we are for that to happen. Any demographers, US Census folks who happen to read this, other writers, scholars--and even those who profit from the concept of race--think ahead and lead the change: no mare racial classification, change the datas point to skin color. Sould be rather interesting

Social acceptance, being part of the in crowd, the “right kind” of person is so fraught that I have a new suggetion: all legacy acceptances require at least a one generational skip–if either parent was accepted at any school they could not have their child accepted at the same school–perhaps a grandchild could apply but the grandparents could not pay the tuition(however creatively the accoutants and lawyers would try to mask the source of the funds). Moving to fully state financed education would take more time, of course but this could be a good start since the truth is: we neeed smart, diverse people to thrive in our smart, leading edge modern economy. Old family ties are less relevant to success than they have ever been throughout history–real success that is. Our world is networked and connected like never before so we all do need new solutions and new ways of approaching what were long established “norms.” Rebranding society, success and what is seen as social prominence(and economic/political/et al) would be a good place to start.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/the-glass-floor-problem/?hp

Racism in the Major League Baseball business, in 2012.

Americans are a mix of many people, from many places but using the identity of a any race of people for profit is exploitive and wrong. Chief Wahoo is a cartoon caricature, demeaning and silly, and should have no place in a city with the long and proud history of Cleveland. It is time for a modern, honorable and positive team identity. Looking forward all players, fans and their children deserve better. It is time to start a new tradition, for Cleveland, baseball and the entire following of the American national pastime. Wear the team colors to support the team and demand a change, from the team owners and from Major League Baseball leadership. There is one way to draw the attention of the owners: impact their profits. This can be done through media, as here, through refusing to attend or even spend time watching and discussing games and to refuse to support the MLB industry by buying everything and anything associated with the MLB franchises and baseball as a sport.

Personally I enjoy the game and would be happy to attend games--once the racism is dealt with effectively and thoroughly. By identifying the problem and speaking out against it I work toward justice and respect for everyone and do this as an American woman, representing only myself. However anyone wishing to join this effort is free to contact me here and join in the process of change.