As Chiefs followers put together to don their staff’s signature gear (that includes their staff title and signature arrowhead) and carry out their well-known “Tomahawk Chop” on Super Bowl Sunday, a bunch of Native American activists are working to guarantee they by no means get to do it once more.
Activist Rhonda LeValdo, a local of Kansas City, is main a company known as “Not in Our Honor.” The group goals to finish using Native American nicknames, imagery, and mascots in sports activities.
LeValdo is in Las Vegas together with different activists to protest the Chiefs’ use of Native American imagery and nicknames.
“I’ve spent so much of my personal time and money on this issue. I really hoped that our kids wouldn’t have to deal with this,” LeValdo said. “But here we go again.”
Native activists and their supporters on the far left have had a lot success in forcing sports activities franchises to drop their nicknames. In 2020, the Washington Redskins re-named themselves the Washington Football Team after the demise of George Floyd. The following yr, activists satisfied the Cleveland Indians to drop their title and signature mascot, Chief Wahoo.
The Chiefs and the Atlanta Braves are the final two main American sports activities franchises to have Native American nicknames and imagery.
Kansas City did, nonetheless, discontinue its mascot “Warpaint” in 2021.
According to LeValdo, she is pushed to activism by the persecution and ache her ancestors endured.
“We weren’t even allowed to be Native American. We weren’t allowed to practice our culture. We weren’t allowed to wear our clothes,” she stated. “But it’s OK for Kansas City fans to bang a drum, to wear a headdress, and then to act like they’re honoring us? That doesn’t make sense.”
As of this writing, neither the Chiefs nor the Braves plan to change their title.