Monday, November 11, 2019
ARROWHEAD TOMAHAWK CHOP ENDURES!!! KANSAS CITY STAR CREATES DIVISION WITHIN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY BUT LACKLUSTER REACTION INSPIRES NO CHANGE FROM CHIEFS!!!
Recently, the Kansas City Star penned a few pious race-baiting editorials demanding an end to the "Tomahawk chop" at Arrowhead but the progressive print media push inspired little interest and no policy change.
Similarly and to follow-up the effort, Dave Helling punched out some silly idea about changing the name of Arrowhead that was almost completely ignored by everyone but a few irrelevant online trolls.
It's beguiling to think that people actually pay to read this kind of thing. But, a look at KC Star parent company McClatchy's stock reveals that subscribers coughing up cash for dead-tree screeds continues to plummet.
But I digress . . .
The only thing directives targeting the Kansas City Chiefs managed to do is create distension among local Native American groups.
Here's the word from a local Native American activist . . .
"They reached out to talk to a few groups but it seemed to me that they (The Star) were only interesting in covering complaints and didn't really want to hear about all the times we've worked with team and they've reached out to include us in their games and their programs."
The activist points us to one example of KC Chiefs community outreach out of many . . .
Lakota Women Warriors at a Kansas City Chiefs game
Moreover . . .
SOME KANSAS CITY NATIVE AMERICAN LEADERS CLAIM THE STAR PITTED THEM AGAINST EACH OTHER IN HOPES OF SPARKING ANGER & PROTEST!!!
"I feel like once they (KC Editorial Board journalists) knew were weren't going to protest and have different feelings about the chop, they didn't really want to talk to us. They just wanted headlines abut didn't seem to care that we're about more than just making a few brash statements. We want to protect, preserve and promote our culture to the American public. We've learned over time that showing people what our Native community is REALLY about is more productive than just shouting and screaming. We want to create dialogue . . . Show that we're part of the community and always have been. THAT is what is more important."
More to the point . . .
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS INSIDERS WARN THEIR MIGHT SOON BE SOME OBLIGATORY ADVICE ON THE TOMAHAWK CHOP WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ENFORCEMENT OR INTEREST FROM THE FRONT OFFICE!!!
Translation: This is Kansas City. Things aren't going to change any time soon.
With this post we can only hope that we've offered a glimpse at the complexity of the concerns of some Native American leaders who have much more to offer than just the "angry minority" depiction provided by the newspaper.
Moreover . . . What we notice more than anything else is that The Kansas City Star championed a culture war issue and their concerns completely fell flat and were politely ignored by most.
You decide . . .