Main League Baseball’s Texas Rangers ought to change their staff name due to its ties to brutality and racism, a Chicago Tribune columnist argued Thursday.
Steve Chapman wrote that the Rangers have been “revered” in Texas however “the legends omit a lot of the reality.” Chapman cites the guide “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson as the primary motive for the group to change the name.
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“They burned peasant villages and slaughtered innocents,” Swanson wrote within the guide. “They committed war crimes. Their murders of Mexicans and Mexican Americans made them as feared on the border as the Ku Klux Klan in the South.”
Chapman added: “A century in the past, through the preventing that occurred alongside the border through the Mexican Revolution, blood flowed just like the Rio Grande.”
In accordance to Swanson’s guide, “The terms ‘death squads’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ would not enter common usage for another sixty years or so but that was what the Rangers were and what they did.”
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Chapman wrote that the Rangers’ “name is an affront to Hispanics, African Americans and anyone who favors racial equity. It should be an intolerable embarrassment to the owners and fans.”
The Rangers got here into existence in 1972 when the Washington Senators moved from D.C. to Arlington, Texas. The Rangers’ name was protested when the staff moved to town, Domino Garcia – a former Dallas councilman and present nationwide president of United Latin American Residents – informed the Chicago Tribune.
“We’ve been the victims of Texas Ranger violence since the 1800s,” Garcia mentioned.
ESPN’s Buster Olney additionally talked about in his personal column earlier this week the Rangers could think about a name change.
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He wrote: “Given the current context in this country, with so much of its history under reexamination, it will be interesting to see if the owners of the Texas Rangers will be pressured to consider a change.”
It’s unclear whether or not the Rangers would truly think about renaming their staff. There hasn’t been a lot or any clamor for the name change as there was for a staff just like the Washington Redskins.