Published October 17, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS — The National Coalition against Racism in Sports and Media and the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center are hosting “The No Honor in Racism” rally tomorrow, Sunday, October 18, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus.
The rally will march from the Northrop Auditorium to TCF Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings will play the Kansas City Chiefs in a NFL game Sunday afternoon.
The purpose of the rally is to educate the public about the importance of retiring the Kansas City Football Team’s name and the harmful effects of Indigenous mascots.
“The ‘Chiefs’ name and the deprecating traditions used by the Kansas City NFL Team and fans are reprehensible,” according to a news release issued by the National Coalition against Racism in Sports and Media and the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center.
The news release continues:
“Scores of sports broadcasters and reporters, hundreds of members of Congress, thousands of high school communities and tens of millions of Americans have come to believe that the Washington NFL Team name must be changed and the Kansas City NFL Team is no different. When Kansas City is playing in any stadium, fans mock our Indigenous dress, chant and do the tomahawk chop. This along with their pre-game celebration of mimicking one of our most sacred traditions by allowing the banging of an oversized drum by people who are ignorant about the sacred nature of the drum is deplorable. No group of people should be subject to this type of cultural mockery.”