Most everyone seems to agree the Washington Redskins is an offensive football nickname.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
Thats why the Sonic billboard in Belton, which talked about wanting to scalp the Redskins on Sunday, is problematic. It feeds into negative stereotypes about American Indians.
Still, Sonics mistake reportedly made by an employee and quickly taken down spotlights part of the problem with the name of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Some in the Indian movement who are trying to wipe out the Redskins name have concerns about other nicknames around the sport, including the Chiefs, as I noted in a post a few weeks ago.
True, the Chiefs name is not as out of touch with reality as is Redskins.
However, fan behavior is something else. And that behavior is driven by the fact that Kansas Citys football team is named the Chiefs.
Getting dressed up in Indian gear for a Chiefs game when youre not Indian? Embarrassing.
Using the chop during a Chiefs game, to indicate you are going to harm someone with a tomahawk? Stupid.
And imitating Indian war cries? Inane.
Cue up the its all in good fun arguments. Bring on the everyone does it at other games where Indian-named teams (Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, etc.) are playing.
But the simple fact is that having an Indian-themed nickname brings out the worst behavior in some fans, whether its about the Washington Redskins or the Kansas City Chiefs.