This letter to Terry Pluto originally ran in the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com on February 10. Reposting here because it’s a letter that deserves a response, for obvious reasons, and Pluto hasn’t provided one yet.
Terry Pluto, as a sports editor and religion columnist, you should have an opinion about the controversy around Chief Wahoo. I have written previously to express my outrage over the lack of movement on the part of the Cleveland Indians organization to permanently remove the image of Wahoo.
I have heard Mark Naymik’s opinion (“Washington Redskins’ mascot controversy makes Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo look even more stupid and racist,” Oct. 10, 2013). Why have I not heard from you? Why has Cleveland not heard from you?
As far as I know, you claim to be a Christian. Do you not see the image of Wahoo in direct contradiction to the [tenets] of Christianity? Something like: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” If not, do you not see the image in direct contradiction to humane treatment of other human beings?
I would truly like to hear from you about what you think should happen to the Cleveland Indians logo. It is almost spring training, and you will be promoting baseball. How will you be promoting our Cleveland baseball team?
Pluto has been at least somewhat responsive to similarly legitimate concerns in the past so stay tuned and check back here tomorrow for some more substantive reading material.