HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi university says it is considering renaming its dance team, the “Dixie Darlings.”
The Hattiesburg American reported Monday that the University of Southern Mississippi’s marching band has announced that it will select a new name to replace the nickname they’ve had since 1954.
A statement from band leaders says the name change, as well as replacing the song the dancers emerge onto the field with, “Are You From Dixie,” will help maintain “a safe environment for the students.”
Dixie is a nickname for the southern U.S. states that formed the pro-slavery Confederacy. Critics have said the term is racially insensitive.
- Job numbers up in US, Biden says more needs to be done to help Americans
- Senate Republicans’ vote-a-rama slows Biden COVID relief bill
- 4 stories to lift your spirits: Long-awaited hugs for seniors, boy’s good deed saves house from fire
- City of Monroe to host free Children’s Dental Health event
- Minimum wage shot down from American Rescue Plan as ‘vote-a-rama’ is in full swing