President Trump called the decision by Cleveland’s baseball team to drop the “Indians” ballclub name it has used for 105 years an example of “cancel culture.”
“Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for ‘Indians’. Cancel culture at work!,” Trump wrote in a Twitter posting late Sunday after The New York Times reported the name change.
Some Native American groups have decried the use of that name and other imagery by sports teams as racist and demeaning.
Cleveland’s decision follows the former Washington Redskins’ decision to retire its moniker.
Because of logistical concerns, Cleveland may keep the Indians name and logo on their uniforms through the 2021 season and make the full switch in 2022.
The team has yet to come up with a replacement name, and the report said it may follow the lead of Washington, which calls itself the Washington Football Team, until it can come up with another nickname after seeking the fans’ input.
Last year, Cleveland phased out its “Chief Wahoo” mascot, replacing the logo with a “C.”
A number of professional sports teams still have controversial names – including the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Braves.
Before adopting the Indians nickname, Cleveland was known at times as the Bluebirds, Broncos and Naps.