Top Ten Sports Teams with the Most Unacceptable Names and LogosI have nothing against any of these sports teams. I have no biases while making this list, and some of these teams are great, with amazing players. But their names and/or logos are unacceptable, usually with some sort of discriminatory logo or name using First Nations in a crude manner, and they need to be changed. I did not include the Washington Football Team, formerly known as the "Washington Redskins", because they were forced to change their discriminatory name and logo, as well as other teams who have fixed up their problems. So, let's list the top ten. Enjoy!
Okay, what the heck? I think it's pretty obvious how terrible and disgusting this name and logo is. Cleveland "Indians"? It actually doesn't respectfully mean real "Indians", meaning people who reside in India, but First Nations, which were wrongfully called "Indians". It is now unnacceptable to call them that, but I guess Cleveland doesn't think that applies to them. And that picture is so horrible, making first Nations look like complete idiots. I know I said that I don't have anything against these teams, but this is really pushing it.
This is the only item on this list that people could argue over. The logo looks horrible and changing the word "Indians" to Natives would be more accurate at least. All other names and team logos look fine, some even look cool, and are more of a way to honor Native culture. People should look at the reasons why these names and logos we're chosen before saying they are offensive, heck how about you ask Native Americans how they feel about it instead of saying it offends them.
The logo is almost an exact mirror image of the Washington football team's. The lone defense is that the team is named after not Native Americans but the World War One-era U.S. Army division "The Black Hawks," which in turn took its name from a Sauk Indian chief.
I don't think it's racist at all. The logos intent is to honor the Native Americans. It's based off of a real person
This one is pushing it
The team had a mascot called Chief Noc-A-Homa, a really stupid idiot "imitating" an Indigenous person, and he used to reside in a teepee in the bleachers, which is another pretty bad thing. There was the terrible "Tomahawk Chop" Incident which was making fun of a person with indigenous heritage, which just adds to it all. Also, the logo!
There are a few glaringly obvious problems with this. The logo contains an arrowhead, which is yet another crude reference to indigenous people, they play at Arrowhead Stadium, which is just as bad, and their horse is named "Warpaint", which is another reference to first Nations and their culture.
After a 2005 NCAA ruling banning Native American mascots in postseason play, several Division I schools ditched everything Native American except their names, including this one. The term "braves" derives from Native American scouts who served alongside U.S. cavalry troops. A respectful tribute? Not really, actually. It's still "a one-dimensional representation of people" that plays right into a stereotype, even if it is ostensibly a positive one, says an expert on the situation, "Professor Blackhawk".
This, unlike the disgusting Cleveland Indians, has made some changes to fix up their racist stuff, I'll give them that. Mascot Zuma has retired at the very least. But otherwise this is still a pretty bad name and logo. The team retains an Arrowhead in the logo, referencing First Nations, the fight song mentions Montezuma, which is not okay, and other traditions reference to the Mexican Tribes, as well as the name "Aztecs".
I don't know where the William and Mary came from, but the two feathers are an obvious reference to Indigenous people, as well as the "Tribe" in the name.
The College of William and Mary was named after Queen Mary II and her husband King William III. Interesting choice for this institution to be named the tribe. - SteelCity99
Very odd name indeed
The team is named after the Native American tribe indigenous to their region, and though they have received those tribes' official permission, that doesn't mean we shouldn't care. Plus, the feathers on the Utes logo are pretty bad as well. It doesn't go too high only due to the fact that they had permission, but I still think it's unacceptable.
The Seahawks "respectfully" got their logo from the totems of First Nations, as well as the name "Seahawks" I don't think that they asked permission to make their name that, respectfully or not, so it definitely is still a fairly unacceptable name. But the logo is pretty cool, so I can't hate them too much.
Honestly I don't think anyone would know about that unless you're in the Seattle area or something most people would glance right over it.
It hasn't been proven that this name is racist, but it's pretty obvious that it is, evidence or not. The Illini were a group of First Nations tribes, but it is not clear whether the name originated as a reference to Native Americans, though it's likely because what else would it be named after. They even had a mascot called Chief Illiniwek, clearly a crude imitation of a First Nation Chief, which has to be enough evidence, though they dropped him in 2007.