• Fred

Cry for the Indians


I admit it, I liked the Indians name. Will I stop watching baseball because the Dolans changed the name? No, but almost everyone is missing the point. The nickname of the Indians was symbolic of free speech in America. Today you gave up some of your free speech rights.


Some people liked the name, some people didn't like the name, some people believed it was racist, some people didn't believe it was racist at all. Just because everyone in YOUR social group agreed with you, doesn't mean that everyone in America agreed with you. I have read all of your angles ad nauseam. It doesn't matter if the times changed, or if you don't like the President and wanted to send him a message about racism. The Indians nickname was an innocuous example of speech under attack in America. I agree with those who wanted to change the nickname in this one aspect only: At the end of the day, it was simply a nickname of a sports team.


But, bottom line, the word Indians was not hate speech. It was not. If I had sued the Dolan Family citing the nickname Indians as hate speech and drained my bank account fighting the Dolans all the way to the Supreme Court to force a name change, I would have lost. I would have lost by a 9-0 margin.


What happened in real life is that the Dolans submitted to Woke Mobs. What happens in a generation if society lurches the other way on the political spectrum and becomes the Christian Right? What happens in 50 years when that mob is women who have been treated poorly by men? You know how many beloved statues and names are being removed from American Society because they were womanizers? How are you going to feel when Woke Women's Groups start pulling down statues of historical figures that you do like? You think that can't happen? 50 years ago I would have never thought that the Cleveland Indians would change their mascot, let alone their nickname.


If, today, we are going to celebrate because we are banning unpopular speech, that is a very slippery slope for American Society because what is unpopular ebbs and flows with the tides of American generations. If you, the reader, really cared about Indian issues, (most of you do not), here are some lifestyle choices that you can make moving forward now that the Cleveland Indians baseball team has been re-named.


  1. Instead of going to Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, or Greektown, plan your next gambling excursion to an Indian Casino. When I lived in Minnesota, I frequented Mystic Lake Casino outside Minneapolis and it was just as nice as the casinos we currently have in Ohio.

  2. Instead of donating all your money to one charity, consider diversifying your gifts and include the Association of American Indian Affairs as a group you want to help support. It is the oldest non-profit in America that protects Native American sovereignty and culture.

  3. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that Tribes in Eastern Oklahoma were only under Federal Jurisdiction, not State Jurisdiction. The Federal Government needs to establish an Indian Homeland/State using the borders of 1905's proposed state of Sequoyah. (Educate yourself and google State of Sequoyah.)


If you think your job is done because you changed the name of a sports team, you are part of the problem in this country. Very few of you will spend your dollars or your energy to help real Native Americans.


Since you banned the name Indians, something that I liked, I'm going to brainstorm words that are disagreeable to me. I hope that when I demand something you like be banned, you are agreeable to pacify my whims. You'll understand my pain.


There's a lot of American Society today that offends me.




Jeff Passan is a douchebag.


Whatever he likes is offensive to me.


Ban that.

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