California High School Under Fire For Offensive Mascot
No one is quite sure how to handle the controversy surrounding Coachella Valley High School’s “Arab” mascot.
Numerous people are offended by the school’s mascot which you can see here in the video.
It all started when Abed A. Ayoub, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s director of legal and policy affairs, wrote a letter to the school saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus, were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated.
According to Wikipedia though, The school mascot was named in the 1930s to honor the once large Arab colony involved in the date palm growing industry. The name is considered a gift to the Arab peoples for their contribution to the economy of the Coachella Valley, not as a foreign racial symbol, and the “mascot” can be seen ant many places around the school.
See the video below for the complete story.