Atlanta Braves and Racism

So happy the Atlanta Braves were eliminated last night. No more racist tomahawk chop and racist chant. I am offended by both. I have been ever since i had to endure them when I was an Expos fan. The whole discourse of “honouring indians” that these racists use as a cover for their appropriation and continuing colonialism is repulsive, It is indicative of how little regard these racists have for history and for their responsibility for genocide. What to do about it?  Well I teach about the racism at the heart of the Aboriginal mascots issue in all my classes so I am, bit by bit, trying to show students how it is wrong. No one would accept the “Wandering Jews” as a name for a franchise nor would they accept the “stupid, fat, white capitalists” as a team name but its ok to have cartoon Chief Wahoos, Pontiacs and Washington Redskins? There is no honour in any of the Atlanta Braves actions and chants, only racism.

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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