CLEVELAND – Organizers protesting the Cleveland Indians' use of the Chief Wahoo logo have asked to be involved in talks with Major League Baseball about changes to the contentious symbol.
A group asking the Indians to abolish the red-faced, smiling logo and their nickname gathered outside Progressive Field on Tuesday before the club's home opener against the Chicago White Sox. Carrying signs that read "Racism Honors No One" and "Real People Not Mascots," the protesters peacefully voiced their opinions as police officers watched.
The Indians have reduced the usage of Chief Wahoo, part of the team's history for more than 60 years, but the logo still appears on some of Cleveland's game caps and jerseys.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said during the World Series that he knows "that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why."
Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, said he has been encouraged by the Indians' openness to address the issue but he wants more.
"It's time that we as brothers sit down at the table and talk," he said.