Why Atlanta shouldn't be the home of the Braves

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This season, the baseball team formerly known as the Cleveland Indians started using a new name – the Guardians – adding to the list of high school, college and professional sports teams that have shed a Native American moniker.

But one Major League Baseball team has refused to rebrand: the Atlanta Braves. Political scientist Peter Dreier tells the story of a team that arrived in Atlanta in the 1960s determined to bind itself to the city’s rich legacy of civil rights – and yet simultaneously spent years perpetuating stereotypes against Native Americans.

Will the growing chorus of opposition – which includes players, journalists, Native American leaders and fans – eventually drown out the team’s infamous ‘tomahawk chop’ chant?

This week we also liked articles about LDS temples, the favorable treatment given to refugees who are white and Christian and the history of tunnels in warfare.

Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

Atlanta Braves fans perform the ‘tomahawk chop’ during a playoff game in 2004. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians changed their team name – what’s holding back the Atlanta Braves?

Peter Dreier, Occidental College

The insistence on preserving the team name – along with fan traditions like the ‘tomahawk chop’ – is even more glaring given the city’s links to the civil rights movement.

Ukrainian fighters entering a tunnel. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images

Going underground: Ukraine’s subterranean fighters highlight the benefit – and long history – of tunnels in warfare

Paul J. Springer, Air University

Ukrainian fighters are utilizing a maze of tunnels in Mariupol and other key cities. The use of the underground in conflict has a rich history.

Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US

Laura E. Alexander, University of Nebraska Omaha; Jane Hong, Occidental College; Karen Hooge Michalka, University of Mary; Luis A. Romero, Texas Christian University

Four scholars of race, religion and immigration explain how US refugee and asylum policy has long been racially and religiously discriminatory in practice.

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