Over the last several weeks, many iconic brands in the American lexicon have been cancelled by the WOKE MOB.
The latest targets have been sports mascots who don't pass muster of what the radical left considers politically acceptable.
Luckily, The Chicago Black Hawks won't be one of them.
From The Chicago Sun Times:
The Blackhawks will keep their name and logo but are committed to ‘‘raising the bar even higher’’ in their efforts to increase awareness of Native American culture, they said in a statement Tuesday.
The statement comes after the NFL’s Redskins and MLB’s Indians announced their intentions last week to consider changing their Native American names and logos.
‘‘The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public,’’ the Hawks’ statement said.
‘‘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.
‘‘We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation.
‘‘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.
‘‘We will continue to serve as stewards of our name and identity and will do so with a commitment to evolve. Our endeavors in this area have been sincere and multifaceted, and the path forward will draw on that experience to grow as an organization and expand our efforts.’’
The Hawks frequently honor Native Americans with pregame ovations and intermission performances, but other Native American groups in Illinois have denounced the Hawks’ name and logo for perpetuating racist stereotypes."
Many have supported the decision, citing the virtue of the educational programs that the team puts forward.
As usual though there are some that regard anything involving non white images to be appropriation.
(But in a surprising decision, all white icons are considered supremacy!)
CBS Sports provide context into both perspectives:
The franchise's statement follows the rhetoric that fans and executives of teams with Native American imagery have often used in these sorts of discussions. It cites the connection to a real-life Native American leader, and explains how the team actually shows reverence towards Native people in honoring the legacy of Black Hawk. Washington owner Dan Snyder, for example, similarly argued that his team's name was selected to honor Native Americans, despite many pointing out that the name is considered a racial slur.
At the same time, the team acknowledges that there is "a fine line between respect and disrespect" and gives kudos to the teams rethinking their names. The Blackhawks are "committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people."
For the most part, the Blackhawks have escaped mainstream criticism of their name and logo -- whether it's due to hockey's relatively limited cultural impact as a sport in the U.S., or other teams having significantly more offensive imagery is up for debate. But there has been scrutiny of it in the past. Suzan Harjo of the Morning Star Institute, a Washington-based advocacy group, said having a sports team named after a people "lacks dignity." Former Deputy Director of the National Congress of American Indians said Blackhawk is a name that should be retired. John Blackhawk, chairman of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and namesake of the 19th century Sauk leader, noted that the team's contributions to the American Indian Center of Chicago didn't make up for a logo he believed to be inappropriate. All of these comments were given to the Chicago Tribune seven years ago."
Well, we better get rid of those darn Fighting Irish.
Or those Celtics.
Are people in the South offended by the Yankees?
Knickerbocker...those guys gotta go. The Dutch say so.
American life is getting manipulated by every little trigger that offends somebody.
Every tradition is going to be remade by those offended who would like to get even with American History.