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  •  And while the adults were doing it, (1+ / 0-)
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    they were also teaching kids to do it.

    That's about the year I joined YMCA Indian Guides. Every year there was an Indian Guide day at Fulton Stadium.

    (Most of the Indian Guide groups across the country have been renamed other things now, because of appropriation issues and because there were apparently a few reported cases of kids who did have native descent getting mixed up about what tribe they ethnically came from.)

    Yeah, we did the chop. We were kids in elementary school, we didn't know any better, and for most of the parents that was just What You Do At A Braves Game.

    Sometime in the middle 1990s there was a change in vocalization during the chop. I remember there being a big discussion about it during the fall campout, about how they were supposedly trying to make the cheer less offensive. I think that was the first introduction I had to the concept of cultural insensitivity.

    Now I wonder why they didn't just scrap it for something completely different then, since everyone was having to relearn part of it anyway.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:25:22 PM PST

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