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Will more teams change their names?

Yesterday the news came out that the Washington Redskins would retire the team's name and logo, and now it looks like other sports teams may be changing their names too.

The Cleveland Indians recently said they're in the early phases of changing their name, and teams like the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs are facing pressure to find a new name as well.

Cleveland has not made any promises to change, but it's looking more and more likely that they will. They've also pulled mascot Chief Wahoo off of their jerseys and hats.

The Atlanta Braves don't seem to want to change their name, however they are trying to stop fans from doing "The Chop" during games. That seems like a hard thing to stop, but we'll see what happens.

Even the Texas Rangers are feeling the heat. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Karen Attiah argued that the name carries with it a history of violent racism and said the team might as well be called the "Texas Klansman."

Meanwhile in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to raise awareness of the Black Hawk people and the contributions of Native American people. General Manager Stan Bowman told The Associated Press:

“We’re trying to honor the logo and be respectful. There’s certainly a fine line between respect and disrespect, and I think we want to do an even better job. I think the most important thing is to be clear that we want to help educate. ... I think we’ve done a good job, but we want to do a better job. And I think we’re committed to that as we go forward.”

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