During a White House Press briefing today, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to a question regarding the offensive nature of the Atlanta Braves’ game-time traditions. The Native American community has called on the Atlanta Braves to re-evaluate their “Tomahawk Chop” as it’s offensive to Native Americans. The Atlanta Braves were at the White House today to celebrate their 2021 World Series win.
REPORTER: “The president hosting the Atlanta Braves today, wondering if you or the president has any thoughts about some of the controversial, the team name, the Braves name, the so-called Tomahawk Chop?
JEAN-PIERRE: “So we believe that it's important to have this conversation. You know, and Native American and Indigenous voices, they should be at the center of this conversation. That is something that the president believes and something that this administration believes. And he has consistently emphasized that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You hear that often from this President. The same is true here and we should listen to Native American and Indigenous people who are the most impacted by this.”