December 3, 2021

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Baseball: Trump engages in “Tomahawk chop” that he thinks insulted Amerindians

Baseball: Trump engages in "Tomahawk chop" that he thinks insulted Amerindians

Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday congratulated the Atlanta baseball team for performing the “Tomahawk Chop”, a sporting event that was considered an insult to Native Americans, but was popular with fans of several sports teams in the United States.

Trump, who blew the whistle at the World Series game in Washington two years ago, faked his hand strike with thousands of Atlanta Braves fans at Truist Park in Atlanta before the match against the Houston Astros in the Major League. Baseball (MLB) Best of Seven Finals.

Donald Trump was in the dressing room with his wife, Melania, echoing this controversial gesture that Native Americans felt was an insult to their culture.

Along with them was former American football star Herschel Walker running for senator from Georgia, backed by the former US president.

While at the White House in October 2019, Donald Trump attended the MLB Game in Washington, but his image was greeted with whistles on the stadium’s broadcast screens.

When the MLB decided to move the All-Star Games from Atlanta to Colorado in protest after the Georgia State Assembly passed laws restricting the right to vote, he called for a boycott of the MLB Games.

The racist debate did not leave the sports world in the United States and especially the MLB. For example, the Cleveland Indians Club decided this year to change their name to Guardians in honor of the Amerindians.

“Tomahawk Chop” is popular with fans and has the support of MLB, however, its commissioner Rob Mannfred said this week that Atlanta Native Americans have full support for the practice. “For me, this is the end of the story,” he said.

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But the president of the National Native American Council, von Sharp, has repeatedly explained to his organization the Atlanta Braves, “Native Americans are not mascots and have such insulting practices. Tomahawk Chop, Those who make us inhuman and hurt us have no place in American society ”.