ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sales of “Caucasians” shirts, depicting the Cleveland Indians’ mascot as a caricature of a white person, skyrocketed one day after ESPN’s Bomani Jones wore one on a show.
Shelf Life Clothing’s Brian Kirby told The Associated Press on Friday that he has sold more than 2,000 of the T-shirts since Jones sported one Thursday while co-hosting the network’s “Mike & Mike” show.
Kirby said traffic to his website got so heavy that it crashed the site.
Jones, who is black, said those who were offended by his shirt should also be offended by the Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo. He also called the Washington Redskins name a slur.
Indian Country Today writer Sheena Louise Roetman says the episode has revived the debate over Native American mascots.