Atlanta Braves name change Brian Kemp backs team name
WH publicist Karine Jean-Pierre said “Native American and Indigenous voices…should be at the center of this conversation” when asked about the Braves’ name.
ATLANTA — The question of whether or not the Atlanta Braves should change their name was raised again on Monday as the team traveled to the White House to celebrate winning the 2021 World Series.
This prompted Governor Brian Kemp to express support for the team’s name, which has seen more calls for change in recent years as teams such as baseball’s Cleveland Guardians and football’s Washington Commanders ditched Native American-themed names and imagery.
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During the White House press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the name of the team as the Braves visited the White House and President Joe Biden. She responded by saying that Native American and Indigenous voices “should be at the center of this conversation” and that it’s “important to have this conversation.”
His full response was, “Look, we think it’s important to have this conversation, you know, and Native American and Indigenous voices should be at the center of this conversation. It’s something the president believes, c “is something this administration believes in, and he has always 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 the Native Americans and Aboriginal people who are most affected by this.”
The governor, in response, wrote on Twitter, “The @Braves should always be the Atlanta Braves. Go Braves and keep Choppin!”
The last part of Kemp’s statement referencing “Keep Choppin!” was a nod to both a campaign slogan he uses frequently and the “Tomahawk Chop”, which has historically been the subject of more scrutiny and outcry than the team’s name.
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The Braves had at one point said they would reduce the Tomahawk Chop – after a backlash from an opposing pitcher in 2019 – although in last year’s World Series it was again a regular feature of the clubs. games. This has been the case this season.
The team never indicated that they would seriously consider changing the name.