On Oppression, Racism, and Chief Wahoo

A statement from Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore:

As we engage in professional baseball season in Cleveland, it’s an appropriate time to remind our Mandel School community of the racism and oppression represented by the Cleveland baseball team’s mascot.

As a fan of Cleveland sports, I celebrate our teams’ successes and their positive impact on the community. However, the Chief Wahoo logo is a racist image that demeans and dishonors native cultures – people who are our fellow colleagues, classmates, and clients. I do not wear items with that image, and I ask that everyone consider the full impact on members of our community when choosing attire.

​This semester our Standing Tall for Social Justice project has challenged us each week to consider what we can do to build a better community for all people.  Today I ask you to consider what you can do to support native identifying people.​