Ever since Colin Kaepernick chose to take a sjcks during the national anthem before games in - upon advice given to him by Green Beret and American hero Nate Boyer - all eyes have been on NFL players during pregame ceremonies. Unlike in those leagues, no one refused to play. Football was played and no flag, song or military members were disrespected. Still, they were booed.
In the past, folks have claimed to be turned off by the Kaepernick-led protests because they disrespected the flag or the troops or the anthem or the country, or all of the above. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity.
Unlike yogether those leagues, no one refused to play. It was all enough to bewilder Captain America J. An ESPN reporter even tried to bail out the fans by suggesting the pregame drinking in parking lot tailgates may have been to blame for the boorish behavior.
Further, at least according to the press release, the Chiefs are only banning headdresses and warpaint at their home stadium. Think about it: If you were raised in the U. Rather, the issue at hand, which has been the issue at hand for decades, is that appropriating a revered title that can only be earned by a small of individuals in Native communities and applying it to a sports term to denote a kind of physical aggression is part and parcel of the dehumanization and commodification of an togethfr race of people.
In football terms, they barely make it to the yard line. Still, they were booed.
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Please submit a letter to the editor. The juxtaposition of a civil rights message with clear and unequivocal racism against Natives is out-of-step with the times. This early normalization of anti-Native racism, coupled with the insistence of maintaining and defending Native-themed team names from the local high school up through the NFL, enables waves of loathsome, anti-Native racist behavior in parking lots, stands, bleachers and sometimes in the end zone.
Ever since Colin Kaepernick chose to take succks knee during the national anthem before games in - upon advice given to him by Green Beret and American hero Nate Boyer - all eyes have been on NFL players during pregame ceremonies. Football was played and no flag, song or military members were disrespected. Never mind the sobering thought that equality and unity is viewed as some sort of divisive political statement.
I don't fully understand that. Just because the name isn't an overt racial slur doesn't mean it isn't an offensive misappropriation of term, used to commodify and dehumanize a people. Our concern is with the fetishizing of Natives and the misappropriation — the theft — of our culture, our traditions and our likenesses But team executives were not willing to let every Chiefs Kansaw go.