Mission, Con. – Nearly 17,000 fans of Kansas City chiefs who stormed into Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday for the NFL season masked and socially isolated have stormed into a nationwide debate about social injustice.
Super Bowl champions have already banned the wearing of helmets or war paint amid pushing fans for more cultural sensitivity. And in addition to the NFL, the chiefs planned videos and other on-field presentations ahead of the NFL season designed to highlight systemic racism and social injustice.
The reaction of some fans during the national anthem lit up the social media while the game was being played.
They remained in the Houston Texans locker room during the anthem, and were scolded by fans as they exited the tunnel at its end. Boeing continued as both teams walked into midfield with their hands clasped, their interlocking arms extending from one end zone to the other during a moment of silence.
“I personally thought the moment of unity was good. Boing was unfortunate at that moment,” Texans defensive end JJ Watt said after the Chiefs emerged with a 34-20 victory. “I did not fully understand it. No. ”
There have been more and more calls across the country to address racial issues since a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man with his hand covered for nearly eight minutes during his arrest. Four officers were fired and charged in Floyd’s death, and protests continue to engulf the country.
The players of both teams discussed how to conduct the pregame in the weeks leading up to the opener. The chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem, deciding to stay in the Texans locker room.
“We have some player meetings and let everyone know we have their backs,” Chiefs Tight and Travis Kells said. “You know, you can move forward and you feel that it’s the right decision in your heart, you have your brother’s back, and you have your brother’s support on this team. We made sure everyone in the area was comfortable.”
However, the booting of some fans has become a storyline on social media.
“I never really heard Boing. I didn’t notice it, “said Texans coach Bill O’Brien. “I thought it was a good thing. So I do not know why they do that. They may scold us because we came on the field as a visiting team. But yes, I thought it was a very good gesture.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ move to regulate Native American imagery was seen as a good first step, but it disappointed some of the franchise’s longtime fans, including those in some stands, even though the field in front of the audience was smaller than usual during the coronavirus epidemic for the first time.
“I think it’s a bit of an overboard, but I mean, we had to listen to the rules,” said Corey Noy, who owns a car space in Stafford, Missouri. “I am a big fan of Tomahawk Chop. It’s been a Chiefs signature song since they started and it’s hard not to do it if they remove it. ”
In fact, the chiefs are bringing about a subtle change amid complaints of racism at the Tomahawk Chop ceremony. The plan is for cheerleaders to use the first closed ones instead of the open palm to indicate drumming. The team usually blows a big drum before the start of a celebrity or other guest of honor game.
“We started working and started some discussions about trying to raise awareness and re-educate the public about the sacred place of the drum in American Indian culture, but it also seems like the heartbeat of that culture,” said Chief President Mark Donovan. Even the heartbeat of the stadium. “
Changes have taken place in Kansas City after several professional franchises, including the Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball, were pushed to abandon racist images. When the Washington franchise dropped Red Skins as its nickname, the biggest success for Native American supporters may have come before the start of the football season.
Jackson Allen, a 24-year-old sales representative from Springfield, Missouri, said: “I see where the problem is with having (a helmet) and face paint and doing everything. “It simply came to our notice then. I can see the problem. ”
Chiefs have worked with tribals for the past six years to stay away from films that are considered racist. Each season, a game is dedicated to Native American heritage.
Students at the nearby Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas were among those seeking change.
“Using this logo and chopping Tomahawk, mainly white fans wearing face paint and helmets, and giving them a sense of power and this sense of power, and then just thinking it’s wrong to do so is mind boggling. Said William Wilkinson, a years-old business major.
Wilkinson also said the chiefs should change their nickname, but the franchise has been h. Named in honor of Roe Bartley. Philanthropist and two-time mayor of Kansas City, nicknamed “Chief”, was instrumental in helping to change the team from Dallas.
Ty-Rotten, a self-admired super fan who goes to games as an X-Factor, often attends with a foam arrow on his head, beads and a cape signed by players. But he made a change in his costume: instead of face paint, Routon pasted duct tape with Bible verses on his face.
He said the changes in the team were overblown and that Chiefs Tomahawk should keep the chop, call it “what disturbs us together and we make it one. It was never considered disrespectful.”
Kalen Krausser, executive director of the Kansas City Indian Center, said: “It is wrong to use people as a mascot.
“It’s always been wiped out under the rug, but the Washington team has worked so hard, and now that they ‘have changed, others are starting to feel the heat. I believe this is the beginning of an acceptable racist end.”