More like Muslim Arab complaints. via Coachella Valley Retires Nearly 100-Year-Old ‘Arab’ Mascot Following Complaints.
Coachella Valley High School has retired an Arab mascot the school has used since the 1920s, following complaints from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in November that the mascot was stereotypical and offensive.
At Friday’s opening season opening football game, the “bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a headscarf,” was not present after nearly 100 years of its existence at the school, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The belly dancing genie which would normally appear during half-time was also retired.
The school’s Arab mascot was created nearly a century ago as gesture of recognition towards the desert-like region’s reliance on date farming, which is both a signature crop of the Coachella Valley and a traditionally Middle Eastern crop.
“I think anytime you get a face, anyone’s face and any nationality, and you make it into a caricature, there’s always going to be grounds for discrimination,” said alumnus Rich Ramirez in an interview with local NBC News affiliate in Palm Springs KMIR News 6. Ramirez is working with the school district and the ADC to arrive at a resolution.
Along with the ADC’s request to change the appearance of the Arab mascot, the group had also asked for the school’s “Arab” nickname to be changed, however the school district refused, the Chronicle notes. Steps have reportedly been taken to redesign the mascot’s appearance as well as the Arab face on the school’s logo.
Five designs have reportedly been submitted by the school district to the ADC for their approval. The group has taken the greatest liking so far to a design which depicts “a stoic man with a neatly trimmed beard. His face is partially covered in shadow and he’s wearing a white headscarf emblazoned wit the high school’s initial, ‘CV,'” writes the Chronicle.
The Coachella Valley School District is reportedly the only district in the nation that the ADC is talking to regarding the issue surrounding a “stereotypical” mascot.
According to recent data there might not even be any Arabs in Coachella:
As Creeping Sharia noted in a 2013 post, Arabs whine over mascot, silent on town’s namesake that bans non-Muslims:
There won’t be a compromise. The Arab/Muslims will get the mascot changed and a hundred years of tradition will be wiped out forever.
At a minimum the compromise should include changing the name of the town from Mecca to something else. After all, Mecca – in real life – symbolizes true discrimination and villainies all non-Muslims as being idolaters and unclean.
Mecca and Madinah are cities of great importance in Islamic tradition, centres of pilgrimage and prayer, sacred places where Muslims are free from the distractions of daily life. The ban on non-Muslim visitors is mentioned in the Qur’an as follows: “Oh you who believe! Truly the idolaters are unclean; so let them not, after this year, approach the Sacred Mosque….” (9:28).
This verse specifically refers to the Grand Mosque in Mecca; later scholars have included Madinah in this ruling as well. The government of Saudi Arabia, which controls access to the holy sites, has decided upon a strict ban on both cities in their entirety.
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