As a Chicagoan, I am truly proud of our hockey team, the Blackhawks. They’ve been kicking ass on ice like they were born to do it.
But their name is ridiculously offensive. (I don’t care if we’re all used to it by now. Stereotyping a brutally decimated minority group into a mascot is wrong on so many levels.)
To illustrate the point, I propose the following name change: the Chicago Whitehonkies!
Sure, it’s more of a slur than “Blackhawks,” but at least white folks are in the majority. (And seriously – it’s not like we suffered genocide and displacement at the hands of Native Americans.) I say, we’re better off stereotyping ourselves than those whom we’ve wronged in the past.
In the meantime… GO WHITEHONKIES!!!