The Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl run and the dynasty the team has created haven’t just rejuvenated a historic franchise. It has breathed more life into the left-wing obsession with renaming sports teams.
Race-obsessed progressives have made erasing Native Americans from society one of their top priorities in order to pretend they are honoring them. This has led to both the NFL’s Washington Redskins and MLB’s Cleveland Indians renaming their franchises. This all started with people claiming that the name “Redskins” was a slur and therefore uniquely offensive, but it didn’t stop there when the Indians were forced to change their name as well.
It won’t stop with Cleveland either. Liberal media have been pushing the Chiefs to rename their franchise and eliminate all Native American imagery, and that push was renewed this season. Along with Deadspin smearing a Native American child as hating Native Americans for wearing a headdress, the Associated Press dropped an anti-Chiefs piece the day before the Super Bowl, claiming the team’s identity was “cultural degradation.”
The Chiefs aren’t the only target. Writers at the Athletic are now erasing the Braves’ name from MLB articles, signaling that there will be another crusade against the franchise’s name and imagery. The Athletic and other outlets similarly started doing this with both the Redskins and Indians before both were renamed. Clearly, according to woke sportswriters, even calling Native Americans “Brave” is offensive and unacceptable.
This remains a nonexistent problem for other warrior heritages, such as the Minnesota Vikings. No one (aside from one mediocre sports pundit) has complained about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Boston Celtics’ use of a leprechaun in their logo is far more “offensive” than anything the Chiefs or Braves use in their imagery. And yet, woke “journalists” and activists who do not represent the view of the vast majority of Native Americans continue to push to erase Native Americans from sports entirely.
This didn’t stop with the Redskins or Indians, and it won’t stop with the Chiefs or Braves either. It will continue until every team, including the Florida State Seminoles, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Utah Utes, erases every semblance of connection to or honor for Native Americans. As the Redskins showed, it doesn’t matter how historic the brand is or how few actual Native Americans care about it.