Chicago Blackhawks statue vandalized with paint and an indigenous rights phrase

A Chicago Blackhawks statue outside of the professional hockey team’s downtown arena was vandalized early Monday with splashes of bright paint across a likeness of the team’s mascot and an indigenous rights phrase near its base.

相片 of the vandalism were first posted on Twitter by an account with the username @zhigaagoong, which calls forno racist mascotsin its account description. Local activists 讲过了 zhigaagoong is the indigenous name for Chicago.
The Twitter photos show different angles of splashed paint and phrases painted around its base. Among the slogans wasLand Back,” a rallying cry used by indigenous people to fight for land reclamation and protest against development projects.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed the incident, telling CNNfour offenders vandalized the property (雕像) at the listed address with red paint.
    The area has been cleaned already” 和 “no one is in custody,” the CPD said, 补充说 “detectives are investigating.
    结构, which stands outside Chicago’s United Center, 是 “currently under a tarp for protection and will be sent off to be repaired in the near future,” the Blackhawks said in a statement to The Athletic.
    CNN reached out to the team for comment but has yet to hear back.
    The vandalism came on Columbus Day, 哪一个, 在一个 number of states and citiesbut not Chicagois also Indigenous PeoplesDay. Some Illinois legislators have attempted to get the state to follow suit.
    洛丽·莱特富特, the city’s mayor, ordered a number of Columbus statues removed earlier this year but said she didn’t support canceling the holiday altogether.

    A controversial logo

    多年, the Blackhawks logo has been the subject of criticism and controversy and there have been growing calls for it to be abolished amid a wider national conversation on race.
    Chicago’s American Indian Center 在声明中说 last year it would be cuttingprofessional ties with the Blackhawks, or any other organization that perpetuates harmful stereotypes.
    We see this as necessary to sustain a safe, welcoming environment for members of our community as well as protecting our cultural identity and traditions,” 声明说.
    While the Blackhawks said this summer they would stay committed to their name and logowhich is a nod to the iconic Native American war leader Black Hawkthe team did ban the wearing of headdresses inside the arena.
    Other professional sports teams have faced similar calls to take action.
      在七月, the NFL’s Washington, 直流电, franchise decided to change its Redskins name and logo after what the team called athorough review.
      Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves meanwhile, 是 sticking with their team name, but are reviewing the fan’sTomahawk Choprallying cry.

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