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Editorial: It's time to have conversation about name of Chiefs

By The Editorial Advisory Board

The name change for Cleveland’s MLB team isn’t shocking. Look at what happened with Washington’s NFL team.

Indigenous groups, tribes and nations have been asking people not to use their likeness as a mascot for years, stating it is hurtful and offensive. Many are appropriately listening, and some are making changes.

So will this have an impact on other teams? Maybe a hometown favorite in Kansas City? 

It’s difficult to say. The Chiefs organization is a private group owned by the Hunt family. Technically, the family can do what it wants, but family members would be wise to look at how other teams have adapted in a society evolving more nuanced views on mascots.

At some point, the Chiefs won’t be able to punt this particular football. 

That has us thinking, would a name change affect what Patrick Mahomes and company do on Sundays? The answer is no. Whatever you call the team, its current roster has staying power and will be a force for years to come. 

It’s safe to say the reigning champs aren't winning because of a name picked in the 1960s after the team relocated from Dallas and could no longer call themselves the Texans. The Chiefs are successful because they have an excellent coach in Andy Reid and a team of players dedicated to the game. 

They’ll continue to have success as long as they follow that formula. 

Will a name change take away the history of the organization? Absolutely not. We’re still riding a high from February’s Super Bowl victory. It’s been one of few silver linings for 2020. The memories made over the years supporting our team can’t be easily washed away. But neither can the hurt of a negative stereotype forced on many Native Americans. That’s why a name change has merit.

Changing the name won’t erase the past, but it could help people move forward.

The Hunt family has a golden opportunity to confront this issue head on by initiating a conversation, and we hope they do. 

One more thing to think about, winning football games tends to cure any form of criticism. So don’t worry too much about the fallout. Your coach, quarterback and team have you covered.