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Kansas City Chiefs are dancing to the same tune as Washington

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    It doesn't look like they'll be changing the name any time soon, but I can see it on the horizon. Since Washington finally got rid of their name and their logo, a lot of attention has been put on sports teams with racially insensitive names, insignia and traditions. The Chiefs announced that they would prohibit fans from wearing headdresses into the stadium. Face paint is still allowed, but it cannot reference or appropriate American Indian cultures and traditions. One other thing is their signature Arrowhead Cop is undergoing a review process. They met with a counsel of Native Americans to better understand the what and the how of it all.

    “These meaningful conversations with the American Indian Community Working Group helped us educate ourselves and our fans, and our partnership with these leaders has helped guide our American Indian Heritage Month Games, as well as the ceremonial Blessing of the Drum and the Four Directions of Arrowhead Stadium,” the team wrote in its statement. “We are grateful to the members of the working group for their counsel and collaboration, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

    I must say, that is a far cry from how unwilling and difficult the officials of Washington's team were about changing their stuff. I'm really glad to see these changes happening. Just because it's old and it's a tradition, doesn't make it right.

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    Seems a matter of time before Arrowhead Stadium and the Chiefs nickname get replaced. I really don't know that 'arrowhead' is culturally appropriating or disrespectful to any meaningful degree, but I would understand if it was replaced anyways, just to be on the safe side. Probably will change to some corporation sponsor name, which I never like. I would rather them come up with a new name for the stadium, and not call it Dunkin Donuts Arena, or whatever.
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    Dallasite Wrote: Seems a matter of time before Arrowhead Stadium and the Chiefs nickname get replaced. I really don't know that 'arrowhead' is culturally appropriating or disrespectful to any meaningful degree, but I would understand if it was replaced anyways, just to be on the safe side. Probably will change to some corporation sponsor name, which I never like. I would rather them come up with a new name for the stadium, and not call it Dunkin Donuts Arena, or whatever.

    I have a feeling that most of these changes will happen this year. There's just way too much going on that these teams don't want the extra heat being brought down upon them. One mistake or saying something derogatory in response to people wanting their name changed can lead to some pretty heavy stuff right now.

    It's best they get out ahead of it and do the right thing. Just change the names.