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This sign appeared this morning outside a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Belton, Missouri.

Sonic Sign in Missouri Declares ‘KC Chiefs Will Scalp the Redskins’

Vincent Schilling

This morning a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Belton, Missouri displayed a street sign emblazoned with the following phrase: “KC CHIEFS” WILL SCALP THE REDSKINS FEED THEM WHISKEY SEND – 2 – RESERVATION. Within a few minutes of the sign being displayed, social media erupted against it and the restaurant’s phones were overloaded with complaints.

According to Cody Blackbird, who manages the Native Citizen News Network on Facebook and posted the picture to his page, the sign was ridiculous. “I saw the sign and was like, ‘what the hell?’ how can a fast food chain put something like this outside their doors?”

Blackbird said he called the restaurant and spoke to the owner, Robert Stone.

Blackbird said he was not allowed to speak to the press, but he did say the employees who were responsible for the sign were a minimum wage cook, and an employee that didn’t know any better and was sent home crying.

“I explained the importance of negative stereotypes to the guy,” Blackbird said. “He seems like he cared about the issue and the owner said, ‘We wouldn’t even have this problem if the damn name of the team wasn’t the Washington Redskins.’”

Patrick Lenow, the vice president of public relations for Sonic Corp. issued the following statement in regard to the sign:

An independent franchise owner allowed two sets of remarks to be posted on a message board outside his restaurant. The remarks were wrong, offensive and unacceptable. His passion for his hometown football team and a reputation for creative remarks on his message board resulted in a lapse in judgment and he regrets allowing the remarks to be posted. The owner has reinforced with his employees the boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable. On behalf of the franchise owner and our entire brand we apologize for the offensive remarks.

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crazybull 's picture
Submitted by crazybull on
This sign needs to be taken down now, I do feel we overreact to the team name The Redskins however making these types of remarks just prove we have to act in this manner to protect ourselves

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I blame Obama! Conservatives get to blame Obama for everything wrong in this country so now, I'll jump on the bandwagon. It's Obama's fault for being simply who he is. I've noticed a sort of rampant racism running through the country since Obama was elected. It's clear to me that the closet racists are coming out of the dark corners where they spend their time amassing Ramen noodles and ammunition to incite others of their ilk. We can't ignore it because White people who hate a Black man aren't going to care much about an NDN. This is evident because we're the only minority group that they feel free to pull this kind of shit on! Do you think for a second either of these two mental-heavyweights would have put a similar sign up regarding African-Americans? No! To Crazy Two Feathers below: We DO have other much more important things to worry about, but we should learn that in this modern world we're only as mistreated as we allow ourselves to be. This is the reason White people don't think about racism as it relates to us. Once they know it's wrong they'll at least think twice before using it in public.

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Prof Carol Babiracki
Submitted by Prof Carol Babiracki on
Aside from its idiotic racism, what this sign says about the Sonic Corp. and the cluelessness of its workers is much more damning.

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Submitted by celey on
Everyone needs to let it go about the redskins. It is nothing more than a name and means nothing except for those people that are stupid and ignorant and don;t know how to do anything except stir up a stink. LET IT GO the country has bigger problems try and solve them before worrying about the name of a football team. It seems people in this country have all lost sight of what living in this country is all about.