The Dixie Chicks Change Their Name Due to Racist Connotations | 22 Words

Country music trio, Dixie Chicks, have changed their name amid the Black Lives Matter protests, but it seems not everyone is too happy with their decision.

 

The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.

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Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent...

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But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

It has also taken over our streets...

For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

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And people are continuing to demand justice.

Many celebrities have also been using their platforms to speak up...

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But now, the country music trio, Dixie Chicks, which consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire, is taking a stand in a slightly different way.

The all-woman band formed in Dallas, Texas, in 1989...

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And they have released many memorable hits, including "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces."

And, in 2003, they gained quite a controversial reputation.

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The band memorably criticized President George W. Bush on the eve of the American-led invasion of Iraq, which gained them an even larger and more loyal fan base.

But this week, they have announced a sudden name change...

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And it's all because of the obscure racist connotations surrounding their band's title.

Now, I know what you're thinking...

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What's so offensive about the name, Dixie Chicks?

Well, it turns out that the name does infact carry some racially-motivated connotations.

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The bang initially took its name in reference to “Dixie Chicken," a 1973 album by the country-rock group, Little Feat. But the word "dixie" has long had confederate connotations.

In the current climate, the name has become steadily more problematic...

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And, in a recent opinion article in Variety, it was said that the term Dixie “conjures a time and a place of bondage."

So this week, the band took the decision to formally change their name.

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In a brief statement on their website, they stated: “We want to meet this moment."

Most people have applauded the band for the decision...

And many have taken to Twitter to express their admiration for the stand the women have taken against the racist history of the name.

But, of course, not everyone is too pleased...

Some people just love to complain, and they have taken to Twitter in full force to express their dismay over the name change. Why does it even matter?

But what have they changed their name to?!

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"The Chicks." They have simply removed the incriminating word, "dixie" to create a new, yet recognizable band name. It's sheer genius if you ask me.

Though some people have somehow taken offense...

Come on, girls.

But it turns out someone else already shares that name.

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In a separate press statement, they wrote: "A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of [New Zealand] for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!"

The band changed their name along with the release of a highly-anticipated new single, "March March"...

The song, which is dedicated to the ongoing protests, will be appearing on their upcoming fifth studio album, Gaslighter.