Kemp slams ‘woke cancel culture’ over potential Atlanta Braves name change
On Sunday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) did not voice support for the Atlanta Braves possibly changing their name after the team visited the White House in honor of their victory in the 2021 World Series.
“The Braves respect and honor Native Americans. We’ve had meetings in the governor’s office about it,” Kemp told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream, who asked Kemp if it was time to have a more in-depth conversation about the issue. team name change. “It’s just the culture of revival cancellation and really national values that we’re trying to push through our state and other states across the country.”
The White House held a ceremony with the Braves on Monday to celebrate the team’s victory in the 2021 World Series.
During the briefing that day, press officer Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the controversial tomahawk chop and whether the president thinks the team should change its name.
“We think it’s important to have this conversation,” Jean-Pierre said. “Native American and Indigenous voices, they should be at the center of this conversation.”
“It’s something the president believes. It’s something this administration believes. And he’s always insisted that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” she added. .
Several sports teams have changed their names after criticism has mounted in recent years for leagues to deal with cultural appropriation that can be offensive.
The Washington Redskins were renamed the Washington Commanders and the Cleveland Indians became the Cleveland Guardians.
But the Braves have resisted any name changes or the tomahawk chop, which involves a chant accompanied by a chopping motion of the arm.