The Chicago Blackhawks organization have made it clear that despite pressure, they are not going to make any team name or logo changes.
On Tuesday, July 7th the Hawks organization went public in declaring that despite all the pressure from Native American groups and others who believe that the name/ logo are racist, the team is still going to stand behind the Blackhawks logo.
“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. 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.” The Hawks organization also went on to add, “As the team’s popularity grew over the past decade, so did the 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.”
This statement came shortly after the NFL’s Washington Redskins and MLB’ Cleveland Indians went public is saying that they are going to review the possibility of changing their team name.