Commit to tastefulness
Though Blackhawks fans quickly have taken to Savard's 'motto,' it hasn't gone over well with the Native American community
"If the Blackhawks want to commit to the symbol, why don't they help us feed 300 families a month?" he said. "Why don't they write a check for scholarships? I don't see them as being committed to the symbol."
Count Podlasek--executive director of the American Indian Center at 1630 W. Wilson on the North Side--among the unhappy.
"For a fan base to use that statement as its motto is terrible," he said. "What are they teaching the kids? These old symbols perpetuate the belief that American Indians are a thing of the past and that natives don't exist."
"We're not happy about the logo, either," he said. "It's on our list to be removed. But because they don't surround it with all the hoopla, it's not a priority compared to others.
"I can't speak for what their logo means to them, but as a representation of our people, it feeds into other stereotypical things. These kind of symbols went out with every other race and culture a long time ago."
Below: The historical Black Hawk. Doesn't look much like the logo, does he? Message to fans: All Indians look the same.
Below: A comparable logo for the Chicago Zulus. Go, team! Commit to the African! Honor the warrior from two centuries ago!
Commit to banishing stereotypes because they're false or misleading. For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.