Kansas City’s NFL team either goes to the Super Bowl or plays its final game of the year on Sunday. The team has weathered sustained pressure that has seen other sports teams, like the Cleveland Guardians and the Washington Commanders, change their names and mascots. Activists have gone so far as to publicly appeal to Taylor Swift, girlfriend of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, to speak out against the controversial “tomahawk chop” performed by fans. We’ll assess the wins and … lack of wins … in the ongoing awareness campaign for respectful names and mascots.
Laurel Davis-Delano, professor of sociology at Springfield College
Peggy Larney (Choctaw), founder of the American Indian Heritage Day state law in Texas
Break 1 Music: I’m Not a Mascot, I’m Not a Stereotype, I’ve Been Watching… (song) Michael Bucher (artist)
Break 2 Music: Ancestor Song (song) Various Artists (artist) Chumash Story and Song Collection (album)