The Chicago Blackhawks are the latest sports franchise to receive renewed scrutiny of the team’s name and primary logo. Last week the Washington Redskins released a public statement saying they would launch a comprehensive name and logo review process, but are the Blackhawks going to follow suit?
The Blackhawks released a statement on Tuesday night, explaining the history and meaning of the team name and the logo, and the team’s intent going forward.
As the statement details, the Blackhawks are committed to the team name and logo, and consider themselves stewards of the name and its related history. The Blackhawks have also stated that they will expand their educational efforts.
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.
Chicago Blackhawks’ statement on their team name and logo pic.twitter.com/h4hWDL0apQ
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 7, 2020
Chicago Blackhawks insider Scott Powers of The Athletic recently published an article detailing both sides of the argument involving the Blackhawks team logo. (Here $$$)
By Jon Sorensen