US Country band previously knows as The Dixie Chicks have dropped the Dixie from their name and will now by known as ‘The Chicks’ to help highlight racial inequality in the US.

“Dixie” was often used as a nickname for the southern states that made up the Confederate States of America during the US Civil War era.

The group from Texas follow in the footsteps of their country music colleagues Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) who dropped Antebellum because of its association with the slavery-era in U.S. history.

Alongside this name change, The Chicks have also released a new single and video ‘March March’, which includes footage of both historical and recent protests.

In a statement on their website the trio wrote “We want to meet this moment”. They also made reference to the band of the same name from New Zealand, “a sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name,” they said.”We are honoured to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters.”

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