KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Native Americans in the Kansas City subway say they scored a Cleveland victory. Special interest groups have asked that group, other than the Captains, to stop using stereotypical names, chants and customs in sporting events. In the Chiefs Kingdom, changes may not come quickly.
Indian baseball and its northern Ohio roots mean a lot to Anne Hoover of Raymore. She grew up near Lake Erie, and in the 1940s, her grandfather Phillip Zoellner was one of many artists who responded to the group’s call for new logo designs. Zoellner was defeated by the familiar “Sheriff Wahoo”.
“He created a sketch of what we call the ‘Original Wahoo Chief,'” Hoover said. “It’s fun. “Chief Wahoo” is fun. This represents something. I was very sad to hear the news.”
On Friday morning, Indians officially became Guardians, ending nearly 110 years of using images deemed offensive by some.
“I think they should be represented,” Hoover said. What better way than sport? It’s like music is a common language. Sports are a talking point for everyone. “
Some see this change as a step in the right direction.
Gaylene Crouser helps Native Americans connect with their roots at the Kansas City Indian Center. She said the Indians did the right thing by refusing to continue to portray Native Americans in a negative light.
“If people want to honor us, they should educate themselves,” Crouser said. “The best part of this is that they are getting rid of the native names and symbols and adopting something else that is more inclusive of the whole community, which I think we should do here too.
Crouser is referring to Kansas City Chiefs, the last NFL franchise to use Native American imagery. Her team participates in a petition asking the Chairs to make that change.
There was even a protest outside Super Bowl LV in Tampa, where Native American groups campaigned to have the name removed.
“Here, they’re drawing ‘end racism’ at the end zone, while they have a team called the Chiefs, and they march at the Super Bowl with a stereotypical song that they follow,” said Crouser. speak. All of that is just stereotypical nonsense.”
“Leaders? It’s a word,” Hoover said. “We do not use that name to offend. There’s too much of that going on in the world right now. “
Last year, the Washington football team dropped its longstanding Native American nickname, and here in the subway, Shawnee Mission North High School also stopped using the Indian mascot.
FOX4 contacted the chief’s office for comment, but team officials were unavailable for comment.
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