Just in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl festivities, liberal activists along with culturally sensitive publications like The New York Times and Washington Post are once again fretting over Kansas City Chief Fans wearing Native American headdresses, face paint, costumes with feathers and performing their infamous “tomahawk chop” at this year’s LIV Super Bowl.
In an op-ed article penned in the Kansas City Star, by Professor Rhonda LeValdo, a self-described “Acoma-Pueblo” woman, she writes:
“As an educator, I have done many presentations on the misconceptions about Native American people and the terrible stereotypes that are reinforced by sports mascots that use Native imagery. It is getting exhausting. And every single time it is traumatic, going over the massacres, racism and genocide carried out against the people indigenous to this country.”
LeValdo then describes a conversation she had with a U.S. military veteran, in which she compared “cultural appropriation” to stolen valor.
Stating “I asked him how he feels about people who pretend to be veterans when they are not. That is what the Native headdress equates to: Chiefs went to battle and earned it, much like the medals military veterans earn. He refused to see the correlation,” she wrote.
“Native Americans interviewed in various outlets had mixed reactions regarding whether the tomahawk chop and other modes of “cultural appropriation” by Chiefs fans were offensive.”
LeValdo’s initial question regarding “cultural appropriation” and linking it to “stolen valor” is a fundamentally flawed argument, in that Chief fans aren’t attempting to pass themselves off as real Native Americans, no different than an entertainer on stage performing in full Native American regalia, moreover hundreds of war movies depicting actors throughout the decades of cinema wearing various uniforms from a multitude of different countries pretending to be soldiers, airmen, sea captains, and what-not.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement to The Post.
“I encourage both the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs organization to move away from any and all depictions of Native Americans as mascots, in chants and any other form of team promotion.”
However, according to The Times, a recent Berkeley study by the University of Michigan and the University of California, found that roughly half of Native Americans surveyed said they were not offended by tomahawk chops or the wearing of headdresses.
Moreover, a poll conducted in 2016 found that 9 in 10 Native Americans were not offended by the Washington Redskins’ team name. A similar poll conducted three years in 2019 found similar results.
Ironically the people most offended are progressives on social media, most, of course, wanted to abolish any and all possible “cultural appropriation” from NFL teams.
One apparently offended progressive took to twitter; “I really hope the Chiefs win the Superbowl™…but also…the 21st-century human I am winces at the headdress icon and arrowhead and “tomahawk chop” and the horse named “Warpaint”…and all that old-timey racist stuff.”
— I collect spores, mold & fungus (@Molly Jean) January 30, 2020
And still, another chimed; “I dislike the Tomahawk Chop because it’s dumb and comes from Florida State, & I am not in favor of white dudes appropriating generic Native American dress, but overall, I don’t think the Chiefs branding or traditions are as bad as many – given the history of the region & the name”
— Krown City King (@KrownCityKing) January 30, 2020
One could only imagine how these offended and enlightened progressives would feel watching the 1974 classic “Blazing Saddles, directed by legendary Mel Brooks…I bet they’d laugh under that frown, in that it’s all entertainment.