Texas Rangers have no plans to change name despite criticism of police force connection
The Texas Rangers have no plans to change their names, reports Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News.
The answer comes after Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman asked the ball club to distance itself from the law enforcement agency of the same name because of its alleged racist history.
In his column, Chapman cited Doug J. Swanson's upcoming book, "Cult of Fame: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers," in which he describes the agency's records of "ferocity, lawlessness, and racism" in detail.
Chapman credits Swanson's book as an impetus for city officials who approve the removal of a Texas Ranger statue from Dallas' Love Field. With this in mind, Chapman suggested that the team find a new identity as protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country. However, the Rangers are certain after saying that they have established their own independent identity.
Here's the team's official statement courtesy of the Dallas Morning News:
"While we originally took our name from law enforcement, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club has forged its own independent identity since 1971," the team said on Friday. "The Texas Rangers Baseball Club stands for equality. We condemn racism, bigotry and all forms of discrimination."
"To bring about significant change, we are committed to listening to and supporting our color communities. Over the past 30 years, the Texas Rangers Foundation has invested more than $ 45 million in programs and grants related to health, education, and education Crisis relief for young people in our underserved communities.
"We continue to do more with the renewed promise that the Texas Rangers name will provide solutions and hope for a better future for our communities."
It is not the first time that the name Rangers has been questioned. Protests took place when the franchise previously known as the Washington Senators moved to Texas in 1971.
Domingo Garcia, a former member of the Dallas City Council, was one of the protesters against the Rangers name almost 50 years ago. He tells the Chicago Tribune: "We have been victims of violence against Texas Ranger since the 19th century."
It is a priority for Major League Baseball to step in on such matters. In 2018, the league and Cleveland Indians agreed to phase out the Chief Wahoo logo, which, according to Commissioner Rob Manfred, was "no longer appropriate".
The league has not yet commented on the Rangers debate.
The Texas Rangers will not change their name after the Chicago Tribune columnist pointed out the law enforcement agency's alleged racist history. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
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