California High School Gets Rid of Controversial Snarling Arab Mascot

The old Coachella Valley High School mascot. (Photo: Desert Sun file photo)
The old Coachella Valley High School mascot. (Photo: Desert Sun file photo)

A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School’s season opening football game Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired.

The Desert Sun reports (http://desert.sn/1B2qPVZ ) the change among the steps the Coachella Valley Unified School District is taking to give the mascot a makeover.

The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region’s reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop. It came under fire last November when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained that the mascot was stereotypical.

The school district refused to change the school’s “Arabs” nickname, but agreed to redesign the Arab face on the school logo.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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