Still, a recent Baldwin Wallace University survey shows people in Northeast Ohio have not entirely warmed up to the block “C”. The survey found about 60 percent of respondents claim to have a strong emotional connection to Chief Wahoo. Just one in five feel that way about block “C”.
GV Art + Design co-owner Greg Vlosich says their “Keep the Chief” shirt has been one of most popular since it launched five years ago. This year, “Long Live The Chief” is flying off shelves.
“It has been unbelievable,” said Vlosich.
Vlosich says the shirts start a dialogue. But, to some, the back-and-forth is over.
“The debate has come and gone,” said Sundance, executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement. “I think that Major League Baseball has again recognized what we’re saying is valid.”
Sundance has been leading protests at the team's home openers for a decade. He plans to be there once again Friday.