A longtime Kansas City football tradition now confronts its most serious challenge in the aftermath of a divisive election season and amid a broader crackdown in discourse online and in pandemic-restricted public spaces.
To wit . . .
ACTIVIST DEMAND: CHIEFS MUST CANCEL THE CHOP!!!
Consider . . . With fewer fans on site, this time around, advocacy against Native American imagery and references could very well prove successful given that the NFL has aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement and sports brands like Nike were among the first to openly oppose Prez Trump.
Here's the argument . . .
A coalition of Native American groups has put up billboards in the Kansas City area to protest the tomahawk chop and Chiefs' name. A protest is planned outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, site of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the coalition has hired a plane to fly around the area. A few thousand people have signed onto two online petitions, one of them started by a fourth-grader.
The Chiefs made some changes in the fall, barring headdresses and war paint and making a subtle alteration to the chop, with cheerleaders using a closed fist instead of an open palm to signal the beating of a drum.
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ESPN: Pressure is mounting for the Super Bowl-bound Kansas City Chiefs to abandon a popular tradition in which fans break into a "war chant" while making a chopping hand motion designed to mimic the Native American tomahawk.
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