The Dixie Chicks will now just be known as The Chicks

By Zach Harper

The Dixie Chicks will now be known simply as The Chicks and are changing their name in light of the Civil War connections with the term "Dixie."

Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire are dropping the first word from their name because "Dixie" was the nickname for the Confederate States of America and the Civil War-era southern United States. The term "Dixie" originally referred to the Mason-Dixon line between four U.S. states that was known as the border between states where slavery was legal and states where it was not.

Over the last few weeks, there have been widespread demands to remove statues of Confederate figures along with the ongoing protests and demonstrations by the Black Lives Matter movement. There have also been calls for the trio to change their name.

"We want to meet this moment," a quote on their website reads.

The group are bringing their new name into the world with a brand new song called "March March." The video, which is also on their website right now, features images in support of Black Lives Matter, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and the environment.

The Chicks aren't the only group to change their name this year in response to calls to do so. Earlier this month, the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced going forward they would simply be known as Lady A. Like The Chicks, they had been asked to do so due to the connections "antebellum" has with slavery.

"We've watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday," the group wrote on Instagram.

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Dear Fans,⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all. We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word “antebellum” from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern “antebellum” style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…Southern Rock, Blues, R&B, Gospel and of course Country. But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ We feel like we have been Awakened, but this is just one step. There are countless more that need to be taken. We want to do better. We are committed to examining our individual and collective impact and making the necessary changes to practice antiracism. We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations and search the parts of our hearts that need pruning—to grow into better humans, better neighbors. Our next outward step will be a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative through LadyAID. Our prayer is that if we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices, while influencing our children & generations to come.

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"When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern 'antebellum' style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us... Southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel and of course, country.

"But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts' intention, but it doesn't change the fact that indeed, it did just that."

The group went on to say this is only the first step and they have much more work to do, including continuing to educate themselves and making donations to anti-racist causes and organizations.

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