The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday night that they would drop the nickname “Indians” and rename their team to a new name TBD. Earlier this year, the previously named Washington Redskins were relegated to the “Redskins” team and at least the 2020 season is called the Washington Football Team. Now, this is not the first time the teams have changed their names. According to Jeff Pasan’s latest article, in the mid-1970s, many colleges changed their surnames to the first Native American culture. While it is a coincidence that Cleveland (MLB) and Washington (NFL) are organizations around 85–100 years old and are now changing their name, it is documented that this has nothing to do with the political correctness we experience daily in 2020. We do. Or is it?
Sources confirm @nytmike And @DavidWaldstein Report that the Cleveland Indians will drop their surname. While it is unclear who they will replace it with, the Indians – who have been called for more than a century and nearly 17,000 games – will not be.
– Jeff Pasan (@jephasan) 14 December 2020
The Rangers team name does not sit well in American history, but when it comes to Native American culture, it brushes back compared to the Redskins, Indians, and even the Blackhawks. The Texas Rangers were a law enforcement division formed in 1823 by “The Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin. The Rangers Division was sworn to protect the Texas Colony from the Native Americans and greatly influenced the Texas Revolution of 1836. Now, I am not a history professor, and I urge you to gather more information in your public library or else you give historical details to children. Still, Texas Rangers’ past in history is not kind to Native American culture. The question is, is it abusive?
There is a difference between being aggressive on culture and having a bad influence on culture. To me, deleting the Texas Rangers is unnecessary. Once Washington dropped the Redskins name, callouts began demanding names in each league, such as the Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks, and yes, Rangers Drop. However, isn’t it like leaving a piece of history? The statues have been removed from there, but again, it is like drawing a part of the history of the United States.
You cannot pretend these things, especially if you are a fan supporting your team. If you’re happy for the Los Angeles Angels, does this mean that every Angels fan believes Angels exist? What about Milwaukee Brewers? Can someone who does not drink support alcoholics? Yes, it sounds silly, but the thing is, some team names indicate the location or history of the area. For the Texas Rangers, the Texas Rangers military group represents a different part of Texas history.
Right now, the Cleveland Indians are the only professional team in the queue to have their names removed. There was a dispute in June over the Rangers’ name change. Nevertheless, the team declined and gave a statement, “While we may have originally taken our name from the law enforcement agency, since 1971, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club has carved out an independent identity,” with the team a Said in the statement. “Texas Rangers Baseball Club stands for equality. We condemn racism, bigotry and discrimination in all forms. “
While these name changes have occurred during the last forty to fifty years, two professional teams have been scratching their heads announcing the changes in the same year. It is head-scratching to think that the culture is revoked and political correctness of 2020 has nothing to do with it. My question to those who don’t see the coincidence is, “How does it take 80-100 years to correct an alleged issue and correct it in the same year?” I think the change in the name of the team is beginning.
If the Rangers are to change their names, here is a list of some names I have come up with. I’m sure you will hate them all:
- Texas lonestar (Yes, I know we already have Dallas Stars)
- Texas cowboys (Won’t catch on)
- Dallas desperdos (The old 2002 Arena football team and Cowboys alluded to play in Arlington)
- Texas cowpunchers (my favorite one)
- Texas not named (The country seems western, doesn’t it?)