Braves fans remember Chief Noc-A-Homa, the light-hearted mascot for the team in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. As we know, that would not be acceptable in today’s climate, which is why the Braves have had no affiliation with any Indian logo since the mid-’80s.
Baseball always has been a sport that brings all people together no matter their race, creed or color, and the Braves are a prime example of that. The franchise has had a history of great minorities - on the field and in the front office - who wore the logo with pride, not to mention the Braves hired the first African-American general manager in MLB history, Bill Lucas.
Despite all of this, I cannot make a complete judgment on the matter, as I am not a person with Native American ancestry in my blood. A 2016 poll taken by the Washington Post found that 90% of current Native Americans found no problem with the use of these names to depict sports teams. So I ask this of those in favor of the change: What has changed so much in four years that would warrant the change of this name? Also, if Native Americans see no problem with the name, then why would we take this drastic step? If they are not the most important voice on this matter, then who is?