Campaign launched against Nike products using "Chief Wahoo" and other Native "mascots"

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (https://www.facebook.com/mascotry), a group of Native parents and their allies from across the country, are calling on Nike, Inc. to stop selling products that feature the Cleveland Indians' mascot Chief Wahoo. EONM has launched a Facebook event page "#Dechief Nike Twitterstorm" to trend the Twitter hashtag #Dechief and demand Nike remove the caricature, Chief Wahoo Nike, from its products. "Dechiefed" hats, jerseys and jackets of Cleveland fans have been featured on social media where photos of team gear with Chief Wahoo removed are posted accompanied by the hashtag 3dechiefwahoo. The group also plans to protest at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton later this week.
In this KBOO Evening News story, Paul Roland speaks with the EONM's spokesperson, Jacqueline Keeler about the campaign. Keeler wrote a recent article for Salon.com about the issue:
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/my_life_as_a_cleveland_indian_the_enduring_disgrace_of_racist_sports_mascots/

A longer interview with Keeler by Jackie Malstrom on KBOO's Rose City Native Radio can be found here:
http://kboo.fm/content/rosecitynativeradio0

 

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