The Chicago Blackhawks have been considering a name change since the slurry of name changes in the NFL a few years ago, and now they have made a statement.
Blackhawks Make Official Statment Regarding Team Name
The Chicago Blackhawks were under scrutiny when the NFL was undergoing their name changes due to their racial connotations, notably the Washington Redskins changing their name to the Commanders. The Blackhawks were under similar questioning, and many fans were wondering if they would change their name.
The Blackhawks have said that their name comes from the honouring of a real-life Native American, Black Hawk of the Sac & Fox Nation in Illinois. Their statement focuses on the team's intent to celebrate Black Hawk's legacy.
"We celebrate Black Hawk's legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups. As the team's popularity grew over the past decade, so did that platform and our work with these important organizations."
Blackhawks Acknowledge the Fine Line Between Respect and Disrespect
There is clearly a fine line between trying to honour Native American heritage and culture and disrespecting it, and the Blackhawks are trying to stay on the correct side of that line.
«We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation,» the team said. «Moving forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people.»
There is still clearly conversations that are happening within the Blackhawks organization to ensure that they are continuing to be respectful of the heritage that is their namesake.
As seen on Hawks Insider
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