From time to time, Bert will ask Moe and our Producer Keity a question that he calls a “Curious Caucasian Question” – it’s basically a (respectful) question about race that he’s ignorant about.
Today’s question is based of the article below:
The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals faced off in a winner-take-all Game 5 yesterday…and before the game, the Braves announced that they’d be “reducing the ‘Tomahawk Chop’ cheer.”
That was in response to recent comments made by Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley, whose grandfather was full-blooded Cherokee.
Last week, Helsley called the cheer “disappointing and disrespectful”…and he added, “It depicts them in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual…and it devalues us…[to be] used as mascots.”
The Braves said that out of respect for Helsley, they’d make several changes for yesterday’s game…including not distributing foam tomahawks to each seat, and, “not playing the accompanying music or using ‘Chop-related graphics’ when Mr. Helsley is in the game.”