Taylor Swift is in tight with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs now that she’s linked to Travis Kelce — and on account of her proximity/affect … one Native American group is making an enormous ask.
This all has to do with the famed “Tomahawk chop” that Chiefs followers are identified to do throughout video games — which has change into custom — to the chagrin of some activist teams, together with one which was exterior Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to protest the gesture.
This org known as Not In Our Honor, and it is headed up by Rhonda LeValdo, who was on the market amongst different Native American activists and advocates with signage reflecting their calls for … particularly, lose the chop and perhaps even the workforce title.
She tells TMZ … she and her group are making a direct plea to Taylor, now that she’s bought a seat on the proverbial desk, saying … “We stay hopeful that an outdoor affect like Ms. Swift could possibly be an ally for us in shifting the dialog ahead on why the chop is a racist act.”
LeValdo provides, “To us, that hand gesture is synchronized racism. We implore Ms. Swift to take the time to grasp our perspective and the scientific and psychological analysis into the hurt to youth and communities brought on by such habits.”
Value noting — TS was on digicam throughout one of many Tomahawk chops at Sunday’s recreation … however she did not take part in it, regardless of many others round her doing so. As an alternative, she actually danced in place — but it surely’s unclear if that telegraphed how she feels.
The parents over at NIOH are hoping she’s on the identical web page as them, with LeValdo additional telling us she encourages individuals to learn up on their historical past — and that they notice the “Chop” is a continued mockery of their Native American heritage and previous … which is riddled with ugly chapters relationship again to day 1, when their land was occupied by white settlers.
This difficulty is a part of a a lot bigger dialog because it pertains to sports activities. The Washington Commanders just lately modified their workforce title amid mounting outrage, and ditto for the Cleveland Guardians. Till now, the Chiefs seem to have largely escaped the criticism.
Welp, it is entrance and heart now, and at the least one org believes Taylor has the facility — and alternative — to do one thing about it.