Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mets cancel heritage event after offending Native Americans

The New York Mets thought they had a good way to celebrate Native Americans when their marketing team drew up Native American Heritage Day before the season.

The event was slated to take place July 25 at Citi Field. However, the Mets made one critical error in the process of planning out the festivities. They forgot to see who were they playing.

As it turns out, the Mets are scheduled to play host to the Atlanta Braves, and in an effort to avoid making the event look like a protest, have scaled back the day's activities, and subsequently angered Native Americans.

From The New York Times:

But there was a glitch, as far as the Mets were concerned: they were scheduled to host the Atlanta Braves that day. So in the past week, concerned that such activities might be interpreted by the Braves organization as a form of protest over its nickname, the Mets drastically reduced the day’s activities: no singing, no dancing. And now there won’t be any American Indians, either.

On Monday, the A.I.C.H. pulled out of the event, citing frustration with the Mets for thwarting months of planning. The team has removed the event from its online schedule of activities.

Let's recap the situation, shall we?

First, the Mets had good intentions by planning the heritage day, but they forgot to check and see who they were playing before making it official, apparently. Then, in fear they would offend the Braves, they cancelled most of the activities slated for the event. Naturally, they offended a group called the American Indian Community House, a non-profit group based in New York, in the process.

Hey, at least they get to host the All-Star Game.

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