A statement from Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore:
Today is Opening Day for professional baseball in Cleveland, and 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.