"We want to meet the moment," the band said on
its website, without further explanation.
The word "Dixie" is associated with the U.S. southern states
where chattel slavery was legal and which seceded from the union
and fought as the Confederate States of America during the Civil
War. This month, country band Lady Antebellum changed its name
to Lady A, also because of the associations of the Antebellum
period with slavery.
The Dixie Chicks formed in Texas in 1989, and became one of the
biggest names in country music. The female band was shunned by
country radio stations in 2003 after singer Natalie Maines said
she did not endorse the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The band responded in 2006 with the Grammy-winning single "Not
Ready to Make Nice."
Musicians, television shows and movies have all been forced to
re-examine the messages they are sending out in the wake of a
national reckoning over systemic racism in the United States
triggered by mass protests against police brutality against
The classic Civil War movie "Gone with the Wind" returned to the
HBO Max streaming platform on Wednesday, accompanied by an
introduction acknowledging the brutality of slavery.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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