As part of the National Football League’s ongoing effort to move playing football to the absolute bottom of its priority list, the Kansas City Chiefs team is banning fans from wearing Indian headdresses, face paint and other Indian gear for home games at … oops … Arrowhead Stadium.
No word on when the team’s and stadium’s culture-appropriating names will be changed, or whether actual, non-white, Native American fans will still be allowed to put on the war paint.
Also under scrutiny is a mere gesture: the long-accepted tomahawk chop, for the way it breaks Native American hearts every time it is performed by excited fans.
According to MailOnline, the team said in a statement on Aug. 20 that the changes follow conversations with national groups that work closely on Native Americans issues, like gestures and dress at football games.
The Washington Redskins recently dropped their name after a long back-and-forth with fans, aggrieved descendants of Indians and the leftist media.
The Chiefs have been trying for some time to smooth the ruffled feathers of activists, celebrating American Indian Heritage Month by inviting elders to games and having them do a ceremonial “Blessing of the Drum and the Four Directions of Arrowhead Stadium.”
Those discussions also led to the Chiefs discouraging the wearing of ceremonial headdresses and face paint, though they were still seen throughout Arrowhead Stadium on game days.
Now fans with those costume items will be barred from entering the facility.