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    Scioto, paradise50

    I wanted to post this since no one brought it up in regards to the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Their name originally came about to honor H. Roe "The Chief" Bartle, then mayor of Kansas City, who fought to bring them to the city.   It also plays into the city's theme of having royalty-based sports teams (the Chiefs, Kings, Monarchs, and Royals).

    Granted, the imagery that became associated with the team has been questionable at best.  I will say that the team/city has toned down a lot of said questionable imagery in recent years, and it's difficult (though not impossible) to find any KC gear that has anything more offensive than the standard arrowhead symbol.  The team took some initiative on this back in the 80s, getting rid of the atrocious "Warpaint" mascot (look him up, or better, don't).  That being said, they/we still need to do a lot more as far as eliminating the "Tomahawk Chop" variant that we use in the stadium, and discouraging/banning the fans who come to game dressed in those horribly racist tribal outfits.

    Back to my original point, though.  Mayor Barlte did a great deal for Kansas City (especially in the fight for desegregation), and deserves to be honored as a part of the city's history.  I'd be down for some serious re-imaging for the Chiefs (never much liked the arrowhead anyway), but I think a name change wouldn't really be the right solution in this case.

    "He was more than a hero. He was a union man." -Miles O'Brien

    by KC to BK on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:24:26 AM PST

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