Around 2:45 Monday afternoon, I read from a credible source that the Atlanta Braves are considering removing one of their longest traditions; the Tomahawk Chop.
Here’s my take on it, why are even considering removing such a long-standing tradition? What’s it hurting?
For 22 years, as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been going to Braves games and honestly I can’t imagine going to a Braves game without there being a tomahawk chop.
For 22 years, I’ve done the tomahawk chop, whether it be at athletic events at my alma mater, or at a Braves game, not once have I thought it was offensive to anybody of any race.
Native Americans should look at it as an honor, because that’s exactly what it is and that way it’s meant to be.
When I have kids, I will take them to Braves games and yes, I will allow them to do the tomahawk chop. Just as I have done and will continue to do as long as God is willing to let me live.
Last year during the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the staff didn’t allow our fans to have foam tomahawks.
Why, you ask? Because somebody, somewhere complained about it being demeaning and offensive to the Native American race.
Whether we have the tomahawk chop from this point on or not, as for me and my house, we will continue to chop.