Leftists won’t be happy until they have politicized every aspect of American life.
Sadly, sports has become much more political in recent years.
And now one Major League pitcher was surprisingly offended by one thing his opponents did.
The MLB playoffs are in full swing.
And St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of Cherokee Nation, took offense to Atlanta Braves fans performing their customary tomahawk chop chant.
Braves fans have been doing the tomahawk chop chant since the 1990s.
But Helsley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he thinks the chant is insulting.
The Washington Post on Saturday continued its seemingly never-ending campaign against Indian imagery with a story on a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who called the Atlanta fans’ tomahawk chop “disrespectful.” The Post frequently advocates against the Washington Redskins nickname, and with the Cards and Braves hooked up in a National League playoff series, writer Jake Russell lets St. Louis reliever Ryan Helsley pick up the anti-Native nickname drumbeat.
Helsley is a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma who pitched briefly in Game 1 of the National League Division series in Atlanta.
“I think it’s a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general. Just depicts them in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual. They are a lot more than that,” said Helsley.
Helsley’s comments are unfortunate because no disrespect is intended from the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles, or other teams who use the tomahawk chop as a chant to get the home crowd energized.
Besides, mascots and nicknames aren’t about being “intellectual.”
For example, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a leprechaun logo with his dukes up and a scowl on his face.
And The Washington Post, who badly want to ban “offensive” team mascots, recently conducted a survey that showed 90% of Native Americans did not find the Washington Redskins’ and other Native American-themed nicknames offensive.
But Leftists have persisted in their crusade against mascots.
The Department of Justice under Barack Obama tried to remove the Redskins’ trademark, but the move was blocked.
The Cleveland Indians caved to Leftists’ pressure by retiring their classic Chief Wahoo logo.
Many high school and college programs have also retired their Native American mascots.
But it doesn’t just stop there.
Liberals are trying to ban cowboys, gold prospectors, colonials, and other benign mascots.
They will take offense to anything.
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