Weeks after the Obama administration stripped the Washington Redskins organization of its trademark due to allegations that the name is derogatory toward Native Americans, another major league team is taking steps to ensure none of its fans offend anyone.
According to CBS San Francisco, the city’s pro baseball team is banning game attendees from wearing anything it deems “culturally insensitive.”
The new move reportedly stems from a recent incident during the San Francisco Giants’ Native American Heritage Night. During the event, fans at AT&T Park began bickering about what type of attire is appropriate for non-tribal individuals to wear when honoring Native Americans.
The disagreement came to a boil when two Native American attendees confronted an apparently white man wearing a tribal headdress. Upset by the apparent cultural slight, the pair demanded he remove the offending attire.
Staci Slaughter, the team’s senior vice president, said the current effort to regulate what fans wear on the basis of political correctness is a result of that incident.
“We want to make sure that our fans are respectful of each other and the different backgrounds that everyone comes from,” she insisted.
While the specifics of this new policy are still being formalized, Slaughter said the next steps will include training team employees and informing Giants fans about the forthcoming regulations.
She concluded that, while the team is glad to have fans from various cultural backgrounds, it is imperative that everyone show respect for others while attending games.
Of course, plenty of critics feel the policy is yet another example of the nation’s over-sensitivity.
“Thought police, clothes police, food police, speech police, book police. Yes George Orwell nailed it…” — Eagle0542 http://t.co/igc6hRcwER
— Robert Neville (@OmegaMan58) July 11, 2014
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