The photo below is getting a lot of attention online. It displays an intense moment when a Cleveland Indians fan wearing redface encountered a Native American protestor:
The encounter happened during a protest against the Cleveland Indians' "Chief Wahoo" logo.
Many of the signs read, "we are not mascots," and "our children are not mascots."
When the redface encounter photo was published on Deadspin yesterday, commenters speculated that that fan's face expressed shame and embarrassment. However, it turns out he was proud of his costume and had no qualms about encountering Native Americans while dressed as one of them.
The fan - identified only as Rodriguez - argued with Native American Robert Rorche that there was nothing offensive about the costume, according to the Cleveland Scene reporter who witnessed the incident:
The staunch, redfaced Rodriguez refused to acknowledge that the Native American man standing before him - Robert Roche, of the Apache Nation - could possibly take offense. Rorche literally told him he was offended by Chief Wahoo and the use of tribal feathers and redface, and Rodriguez just kept shaking his head.
Here's the encounter from another angle:
In short, this is the kind of thing that happens when you make your team mascot a generic Native American.