#CancelCulture: They’re Coming After The Chiefs, Blackhawks, And Braves, As Well

Hey, remember when this was all about reforming the police?

The Racial Justice Reckoning Over Sports Team Names Is Spreading

Lots of people, especially many Native Americans, loathe the name of the Washington, D.C., NFL team, the Redskins.

“The origin of that name is rooted in murder and violence and genocide and hate,” says Crystal Echo Hawk, the founder and CEO of the advocacy group IllumiNative. “It’s a dictionary-defined racial slur, full-stop.”

And lots don’t.

Echo Hawk says a 30-year stalemate over the team name suddenly broke when the team’s corporate sponsors demanded a new name, and the team agreed to consider it.

“What changed was the murder of George Floyd,” says Echo Hawk. “And it changed everything in this country.”

What does George Floyd have to do with the name of the Redskins? How did we go from police reform to this?

“I think we’ve reached a point where the Redskins name is now more of a burden than a benefit to the team,” says Mike Lewis, a marketing professor at Emory University.

Lewis says this reckoning — he calls it a “purity spiral” — is just getting started.

“I’ve been looking at this stuff for years and the Redskins has always been sort of the focal point for the controversy,” he says. “The Indians second, the Chiefs probably third. The Braves and the Blackhawks don’t take a lot of heat for whatever reason. But at this point, I think all sorts of team names are now in play.”

The Cleveland Indians have launched a formal name review.

That leaves primarily the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. The three teams all claim to venerate Native Americans.

Crystal Echo Hawk says the names Braves, Blackhawks and Chiefs are not racial slurs, but they do carry baggage.

If fans of these teams think this will stop, good luck with that.

“It’s the imagery that gets associated with those names. It’s the racist fan behavior. When a fan paints their face red, right? That is blackface. Blackface is wrong. We, I think most people in this country, get that now,” says Echo Hawk.

They’re coming after the tomahawk chop at Braves and Chiefs games. They’re coming after the logos and the names. It won’t stop.

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6 Responses to “#CancelCulture: They’re Coming After The Chiefs, Blackhawks, And Braves, As Well”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Cleveland Aryans?

    Atlanta Honkies

    Kansas City Fightin’ Whities

    Washington Rednecks

    Chicago Caucasians

  2. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    I think all sports fans and most everybody else will get a kick out of this letter written to the Chicago Tribune. No matter which side you are on in the matter of renaming the Washington Redskins, this is funny. This guy is hilarious… This is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins. 

    Dear Mr. Page: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly jilted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. 

    Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns. 

    The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.  The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives. I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. 

    Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates! 

    Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children. 

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children. The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children. 

    The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children. 

    So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves. 

    As a die-hard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers (especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers??? 

    I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Washington DC.

    -  JSD

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  3. Dana says:

    If the Washington Redskins, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Braves change their names to cave in to Black Lives Matter, then they should all adopt the name Pussies, because that’s what they’ll be.

  4. Conservative Beaner says:

    Fox had a show called Almost Human. In the show the Redskins were now called the Red Birds. The show also had 500 Dollar bills with Barrack Obama on the obverse. Needless to say the show did not last long.

  5. Jl says:

    As shown before, the comparison would be Cleveland Indians to Cleveland Caucasians or Cleveland African Americans. Atlanta Braves to Atlanta Majors, or Atlanta Sargents, etc. Same with Kansas City Chiefs to Kansas City Majors or Generals, etc. Washington Redskins to Washington Whiteskins (I’m really offended). Seeing as Blackhawks is simply the name of an Indian tribe, pick any name of a sub-set of a different race. There-fixed it for you..

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