Taylor Swift and the Controversy Surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs’ “Tomahawk Chop” Gesture: Can She Make a Difference?

Taylor Swift has made headlines once again, but this time it’s not just for her hit songs or dating life. No, this time it’s because she’s been linked to Travis Kelce, which has put her in the good graces of the Kansas City Chiefs. But this newfound influence has also sparked a controversy surrounding the team’s “Tomahawk chop” gesture.

Chiefs fans are known for doing the “Tomahawk chop” during games, a tradition that some activist groups find offensive. Not In Our Honor, an organization led by Rhonda LeValdo, was even present outside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to protest against the gesture. They believe that the “Tomahawk chop” is a racist act and are calling for its elimination, and perhaps even a change in the team’s name.

LeValdo is hopeful that Taylor Swift, now that she has a seat at the proverbial table thanks to her connection with Travis Kelce, will use her influence to support their cause. LeValdo said, “We remain hopeful that an outside influence like Ms. Swift could be an ally for us in moving the conversation forward on why the chop is a racist act.”

LeValdo further emphasized that the “Tomahawk chop” is a mockery of Native American heritage and history. She encourages people to educate themselves on the subject and understand the harm caused by such behavior, especially considering the ugly chapters of oppression and colonization in Native American history.

This issue is part of a larger conversation surrounding the use of Native American imagery and names in sports. Recently, the Washington Commanders and the Cleveland Guardians changed their team names in response to mounting criticism. Now, it seems that the Chiefs are facing similar scrutiny.

The ball is in Taylor Swift’s court now, and Not In Our Honor believes that she has the power and opportunity to make a difference. It remains to be seen how Taylor will respond, but one thing is for sure – this controversy is front and center now, and it won’t go away anytime soon.

Original article https://www.tmz.com/2023/09/25/native-american-activists-taylor-swift-end-kc-chiefs-tomahawk-chop/