Tuesday, July 14, 2020
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS MUST DITCH CHOP, CHANT, DRUM & NATIVE-AMERICAN APPROPRIATION TO KEEP NAME!!!
Let's take a quick look at the arguments in support of the Kansas City Chiefs keeping their racist branding . . .
Here's a really informative article that offers a fun-factoid which old school locals throw out in a desperate attempt to seem interesting:
Why The Kansas City Chiefs’ Team Name May Not Actually Be Racist
A worthwhile thesis . . .
"That name, however, was not derived from Native Americans. The Chiefs were named after former Kansas City mayor H. Roe Bartle, who helped the city land a pro football team in the early 1960s.
"The franchise, of course, has adopted Native American themes since then. Fans — some dressed in Native American attire — do the tomahawk chop in Arrowhead Stadium while Warpaint the horse gallops after touchdowns.
"One can make a strong case that those franchise staples offensively depict Native Americans as “savages” and should be changed."
A minor quibble . . . The author understandably forgets that H.Roe Bartle was obsessed with Native American culture and Boy Scouts and even invented his own phony tribe of Mic-O-Say that should also probably be cancelled.
Still, the article makes an important point and leads us to a conflict of cultural appropriation by way of corporate branding . . .
USING 'THE CHIEFS' AS A NAME MIGHT BE PASSABLE BUT THE RAMPANT APPROPRIATION OF NATIVE-AMERICAN CULTURE AT ARROWHEAD NEEDS TO STOP BECAUSE UGLY FANS WEARING RED FACE AND ADORNING THEMSELVES IN FAUX RELIGIOUS ICONS ISN'T A TRIBUTE TO ANYTHING BUT STUPIDITY!!!
The Tomahawk chop is insulting gibberish, quite possibly a hate crime and would be unacceptable if it was directed at any other culture or religion.
A hypothetical: 50K fans calling themselves "The Kansas City Karens" and asking to speak with your manager in unison would also earn justified push back . . . Even if that would be hilarious.
Like nearly every Paul Rudd movie . . . Using Native-American traditions and branding is distasteful, cheap and dehumanizing. This"tribute" is mockery and crass commercialism directed at the victims of one of the world's most horrific genocides that was a matter of U.S. policy.
Even better . . .
Reinventing "The Chiefs" without engaging in stereotypical Native-American cultural appropriation is a challenge that KC could live up to . . .
EXAMPLE: 50K fans dressed as Chief Executive Officers would AMAZING.
Still, given the current cultural shift and the Redskins finally dumping their disgusting branding . . . The challenge for the legacy of the Chiefs to endure is something that should inspire creativity instead of an old, reactionary adherence to the past inspired by nothing more than laziness and the cowardice of the front office to speak to the issue.
Developing . . .