COACHELLA, CA – If the Washington Redskins have to do it, it’s only a matter of time all potentially offensive mascots will have to go.
Coachella Valley High School’s mascot is the Arabs and have been since the 1920s.
It was supposedly a way to honor the region’s links to the Middle East, the source of its date palm industry.
“It’s pride! It’s not anything that was meant to be any other ways. Just a prideful feeling that I’m a Arab, I’m a might Arab, we keep fighting, we keep morving forward,” said Teacher’s Union President, Richard Razo.
Oddly enough, the area is 96% Latino. But the middle eastern influence doesn’t stop with the high school mascot. The area has an annual Date Festival with camel racing.
Controversy over the mascot erupted when the American Arab Anti-discrimination Committee sent a letter to the district complaining about its portrayal of Arabs.
So, instead of nixing the mascot completely, the district is just going to give the angry looking Arab a facelift.
“We’ll put in a young handsome Arabic fellow in their with a beard and a mustache looking really good, and that should be OK,” said Alumni Association President, Rich Ramirez.
Hold on to your history! Your mascot could be next.