January 08, 2013
Recently the Braves, as well as every other MLB team, came out with new batting practice hats. Some have been altered slightly, some more so. Without going through each one, let’s focus on the new Atlanta Braves batting practice hat. The hat portrays a Native American yelling with a feather sticking out of his head. Often times the whole idea of using Native American symbols, logos, phrases, etc… has been seen as racist and derogatory. Teams have changed their names, logos, and uniforms in order to comply with those who see these as misrepresenting their culture. While this may just be a hat, most Americans don’t truly understand the plight of the Native Americans, and don’t see the gravity in the history Americans have had with those who lived on this land before explorers like Columbus came to this world.
Teams like the Fighting Sioux, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Braves all in some small way portray an ignorant or disrespectful representation of Native Americans. The Redskins recently made the playoffs for the first time in a number of years, while fans in Atlanta and Tallahassee continue to do the “chop” at home games. This hat doesn’t change anything, but it furthers the image these teams feel comfortable portraying. Whether the rest of us feel similarly comfortable is debatable.
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Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: How many Heisman Trophy winners has the University of Alabama had? Answer to come tomorrow.
Last time's answer: In Pittsburgh at Pirates games.