Former US President Donald Trump congratulated the Atlanta baseball team on Saturday with a game celebration called “Tomahawk Chop”.
Mr Trump, who blew the whistle during the World Series in Washington two years ago, went on strike with his hand in front of thousands of Atlanta Braves fans at Troist Park in Atlanta before the game against the Houston Astros in the Major League. Baseball (MLB) is the best of the seven finals.
Donald Trump was in the dressing room with his wife Melania, echoing this controversial gesture that his Native Americans consider to be an insult to their culture.
With them was former U.S. football star Herschel Walker, who ran for senator from Georgia with the support of the former U.S. president.
While at the White House in October 2019, Donald Trump attended an MLB game in Washington, but his image was greeted with whistles on the stadium’s broadcast screens.
He called for the boycott of MLB games when the Georgia state legislature decided to move MLB all-star game games from Atlanta to Colorado, in protest of legislation restricting the right to vote.
The racist debate has not left the sports world in the United States, especially the MLB. For example, the Cleveland Indians Club decided to rename themselves the Guardians this year in honor of the Amerindians.
“Tomahawk chop” is popular among fans and is supported by the MLB, however, its commissioner Rob Manfred said this week that it has the full support of Native Americans in Atlanta. “For me, this is the end of the story,” he said.
But von Sharp, president of the National Native American Council, recalled his company repeatedly explaining to the Atlanta Braves, “Native Americans are not symbols, but despicable rituals like this. Tomahawk mince, It has no place in American society to dehumanize us and hurt us. “
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