Last week the Cleveland Indians decided to change their name. Since it was announced, the far left sports media has been heaping praise on the organization for being so forward thinking and proactive. My initial reaction was annoyance and disappointment, but then I thought, “I should really look at it from their perspective.” No, I don’t mean from the perspective of Indians, because as even Washington Post polling from just a few years ago shows, most Native Americans were not offended by the Washington Redskins football team name, much less the Indians. I mean from the perspective of a leftist.
Think about it. A great sports team name is tough, powerful, and formidable. There are Panthers, Giants, Vikings, Pirates, Diamondbacks, Braves, Titans, Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh my! Some might say that the nickname for the team closest to me, the Angels, sounds pretty harmless, but as we know from A Charlie Brown Christmas, when an angel appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of our Savior they were “sore afraid.” An angel is probably very intimidating. If you are not on the left you might think Indians are also tough, but remember, we are putting ourselves in the shoes of a leftist. The left doesn’t see Indians as powerful. They see them as whiny, overly sensitive, easily offended wussies. Who would want their home team represented as that? You might as well call them the Cleveland Flower Girls. It makes perfect sense that you would not want your team to have such a pathetic, weak name.
About now some of you are shocked. “I can’t believe he just said Indians are whiny, overly sensitive, easily offended wussies! That is racist!” Except I don’t think that. I think Indians is a great team name. I know that the team was actually nicknamed for Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American player in Major League Baseball. I think that Native Americans can be tough and formidable. It is the left that thinks Indians are fragile wimps that need protection from being seen as anything other than victims. Apparently even leftists who want to give out trophies to everybody are too competitive to name their team after people they consider helpless victims.
I must admit, when looking at this through the eyes of a leftist I caught myself a couple of times using logic instead. One of the first things that popped into my head was Abbott explaining to Costello that there’s only one Feller on the Cleveland Indians. It was very hard for me to put aside my assumption that Abbott and Costello were trying to do a hilarious bit about legendary Indians pitcher Bob Feller, and instead think that they were trying to make Native Americans cry. Then I thought about Willie Mays Hayes, Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn, and Harry Doyle chiming “juuuuust a bit outside” in the classic baseball comedy about the Indians, Major League, and realized that a leftist cannot in good conscience watch that because the film caused irreparable damage to the lives of our indigenous population. Please don’t ask me what damage it caused because I’m new to thinking like a leftist and I have no idea. I think I’m supposed to avoid your question by calling you a racist for even asking it.
The name change actually does make logical sense if you think so little of Indians. People on the left will deny that this is what they are saying about Native Americans when they object to using the name Indians, but they can’t have it both ways. Don’t let them fool you. That is what they are saying. If they didn’t think indigenous people are overly sensitive wimps who would be offended by hearing a sportscaster say that the Indians beat the Tigers 8-3, then why the push to change the name? The only other option is that leftists are delusional enough to think that the sportscaster actually did mean to attack Indians by including the team in his report. If that is the case it seems like the least successful offense against Indians since the Little Bighorn.