Thursday, August 20, 2020
CELEBRATE!!! KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FORBID FANS FROM WEARING NATIVE AMERICAN HEADDRESSES & FACE PAINT!!!
A sign of the times as the Super Bowl champs acknowledge shifting American culture.
Reality check . . .
THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ANNOUNCE CRACKDOWN ON FANS WEARING NATIVE AMERICAN HEADDRESSES AND FAUX-TRIBAL FACE PAINTING!!!
Here are the new rules:
- While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium.
- Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.
- Fans will be asked to remove any American Indian-themed face paint prior to passing security screening outside the stadium.
- We are engaged in a thorough review process of the Arrowhead Chop and plan to have additional discussions in the future.
- We are exploring all options for a modified engagement moment from the Drum Deck that maintains a unifying effect between our fans and our players but better represents the spiritual significance of the drum in American Indian cultures.
- This includes discussions around how to shift the focus of the drum to something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium.
- As allowed by NFL guidelines and the City of Kansas City Health Department for the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season, we will continue with many of the traditions that we have introduced over the past six years, including the Blessing of the Four Directions, the Blessing of the Drum, as well as inviting members of tribes with a historic connection to our region to participate in our American Indian Heritage Month Game.
- Finally, we are exploring the creation of a more formalized education program with input from both our local and national partners.
"We are grateful for the meaningful conversations we have had with all of these American Indian leaders," the team stated. "It is important that we continue the dialogue on these significant topics, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future."
Again, this is a big move because cultural appropriation has been a problematic part of the team's legacy.
And whilst we expect to read and hear groaning from fans, only the worst kind of adults play dress up at the expense of other cultures when longstanding objections have been documented.
What's more interesting is that it looks like "the Arrowhead chop" is now up for debate.
Check the links:
KMBC: Chiefs to prohibit fans from wearing headdresses, American Indian-themed face paint
Fox4: Kansas City Chiefs announce fan experience changes related to American Indian issues
KCTV5: Chiefs organization prohibiting fans from wearing headdresses, paint styled to Native American culture
Developing . . .