Recently, the southern supermarket chain, Winn-Dixie, has been called into question due to its name and its ties to the old south. TMZ reported that the Jacksonville-based chain was considering a name change due to the origins and meaning of the name Winn-Dixie.
The term “Dixie” is a reference to the Mason-Dixon line, which separated free states and slave states in America. Therefore, Dixie is a reference to the culture of the South.
Winn-Dixie could be changing their name, just like The Dixie Chicks.
The news that Winn-Dixie was in talks to change their name came on the heels of The Dixie Chicks announcing that they would be dropping the “Dixie” from their name and simply now going as “The Chicks.”
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Sources at Winn-Dixie told TMZ that the supermarket chain, a southern heritage brand serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, is considering changing its name because, just like The Chicks, it deems the term “Dixie” as problematic due to ties to the old south.
In response to whether or not a change was going to come, Southeastern Grocers Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Joe Caldwell emailed the Miami Herald and wrote, ”At Southeastern Grocers, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive culture and community that promotes belonging, inclusion and diversity. As such, we stand against racism and support the Black Lives Matter movement across our country.”
They continued, “While our Winn-Dixie banner has proudly served our communities for nearly 100 years, many things have changed during that time, and we have always been and will continue to be responsive to the needs and concerns expressed by the communities we serve.”