The Kansas City chiefs have announced that they will not allow fans to wear head-dresses or paint their face in anyway that “references or appropriates American Indian cultures”. This is according to a release from the Chiefs sent out on social media.
Effectively immediately, the #Chiefs have banned fans from wearing headdresses or American Indian-themed face paint and are "engaged in a thorough review process" of the Arrowhead Chop, among other changes. https://t.co/73Oggz9VGh
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 20, 2020
Chiefs ban Native American headdress/face paint from Arrowhead. Drum Deck is under review. Tomahawk Chop is under review. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/IdCQdEkcIE
— BBQ Chiefs (@BBQChiefs) August 20, 2020
- While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium.
- Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.
- Fans will be asked to remove any American Indian-themed face paint prior to passing security screening outside the stadium.
- We are engaged in a thorough review process of the Arrowhead Chop and plan to have additional discussions in the future.
- We are exploring all options for a modified engagement moment from the Drum Deck that maintains a unifying effect between our fans and our players but better represents the spiritual significance of the drum in American Indian cultures.
- This includes discussions around how to shift the focus of the drum to something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium.
- As allowed by NFL guidelines and the City of Kansas City Health Department for the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season, we will continue with many of the traditions that we have introduced over the past six years, including the Blessing of the Four Directions, the Blessing of the Drum, as well as inviting members of tribes with a historic connection to our region to participate in our American Indian Heritage Month Game.
- Finally, we are exploring the creation of a more formalized education program with input from both our local and national partners.
Yes even the drum-deck is going under a face-list in Arrowhead stadium.
Oh yeah, I got to give the drum a go on the new Drum Deck. @jcharles25 will be here before kickoff this Sunday. The @Chiefs’ leading rusher will be the first drum deck honoree for a regular season game (I’ll be on standby). pic.twitter.com/13M8R1xqLv
— Charlie Keegan (@CharlieKeegan41) September 20, 2019
Here’s the thing, I’ve been pretty consistent in my messaging. The super “woke” crowd isn’t going to quit. They complained abotu the Washington Redskins until they got their name changed. It doesn’t bother me one bit. However, what bothers me is that there is no end. It wasn’t like the super woke army of social media was going to say “hey thanks for changing the name Redskins, we are good now”. Nope. They were going to go look for something else to complain abou and they finished with the Cleveland Indians and now they moved on to the Chiefs. 100% they will demand the team name to change next. And most likely the Chiefs will give in and change their name. That’s how 2020 works. What are your thoughts on the Chiefs decision to ban head-dresses and Native American paint.