I was 12 years old when I went to the 1991 World Series in Atlanta. At the time a handful people were protesting the Braves’ and their new Tomahawk Chop, so obviously it was national news. It was comical distraction. Ted Turner’s wife at the time was the famous progressive Jane Fonda. When she was caught doing the chop the white liberal outrage was insufferable. After enormous national pressure, Fonda modified her chop by putting the palm of her hand facing down rather than the edge down. Amazing!
The Tomahawk Chop survived and the Atlanta Braves went on to win 14 division titles in a row. The team became known for its pitching, one paltry World Series title, and the Tomahawk Chop. The chop is a huge part of the Atlanta Braves tradition and there’s nothing offensive about it."