Saturday, January 25, 2020
TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS EXAMINED!!!
Let's start this culture war consideration of the Kansas City Chiefs by defining terms:
Cultural appropriation, at times also phrased cultural misappropriation, is "the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures."
"According to critics of the practice, cultural appropriation differs from acculturation, assimilation, or equal cultural exchange in that this appropriation is a form of colonialism: cultural elements are copied from a minority culture by members of a dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context—sometimes even against the expressly stated wishes of members of the originating culture."
MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE DRESSED IN NATIVE AMERICAN GARB AND SUPPORTING "THE CHIEFS" PRESENTS A PROBLEMATIC VISION FOR PROGRESSIVES!!!
There's already a renewed effort to explain away the apprehension . . .
Biz Insider: The Chiefs got their controversial name from a Kansas City mayor who went by 'Chief' and insisted on the team being named after himself
That explanation might hold up IF former Mayor Bartle's nickname didn't also come with it's own problems and involve his own misappropriation of Native American culture.
Still, one of our favorite blog readers offers his take on the topic . . .
Super Dave seyz: "I have since come to realize this understanding of cultural appropriation is flawed. It assumes cultures are 100 percent original. But as history has shown, cultures evolve over time and influence one another. Stated another way, there is no such thing as cultural appropriation because there is no such thing as an original culture."
And so we ask . . .
WILL ALLEGED "CULTURAL APPROPRIATION" CURSE AND RUIN THE SUPER BOWL FOR KANSAS CITY FANS?!?!?
This isn't just a question for progressives as history always looks unfavorably on those who FAILED to speak up against injustice, stereotypes and insensitivity.
Loud and clear, time and time again, Native American communities tell sports fans that they are more than mascots.
Locals may disagree on the offense that should be taken by the "Chiefs" but few can deny the continued controversy over the moniker and various visual representations over the years.
And all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.