Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans

Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2014

For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy beard and wearing a headscarf–the campus’ beloved Arab.

The image, inspired by the Middle East ambiance of Coachella Valley’s desert landscape of date palms and communities named Mecca and Oasis, was displayed in school murals, on the basketball court and at half-time shows featuring a belly dancer who entertains a student clad in “Arab” garb.

Now, in a compromise with offended Arab Americans, the Coachella Valley Unified School District in Riverside County has dumped the controversial mascot and belly dancer, but held on to its team nickname, Arabs, according to one official. Both sides are also in negotiations over a more benign “Arab” logo.

The mascot and belly dancer were absent from the sidelines when the Coachella Valley High football team defeated Rancho Mirage High 26-7 in its season opener on Friday night.

Sidelined

Sidelined

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a civil rights group in Washington, D.C., launched a letter-writing campaign in November to get rid of the images on the grounds they enforce negative stereotypes of an entire ethnic group and millions of U.S. citizens. The group’s research showed that Coachella Valley High was the only campus in the nation with a demeaning image of an Arab for a mascot.

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But Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director for the anti-discrimination committee, said, “After dialogue with school officials and student leaders–and consultation with the Justice Department–there was agreement that changes were needed. So the mascot was retired. While the logo is still on the gymnasium floor and murals on campus buildings, we understand that it’s a cash-strapped school district and they promised to take care of that in time.”

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  • D.B. Cooper

    The mascot has been around since the Great Depression, and NOW someone is offended?
    They have a painting of a more attractive Arab couple painted on a wall. At least they’re not riding on a magic carpet!

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Actually, it “dates” from earlier than that:

      The Arab mascot dates back to when Coachella Valley High School first began to compete in athletics in the 1920s. The school adopted the name Arabs in part to recognize the importance of the date industry in this end of the valley, but also because it fit in perfectly with the neighboring towns of Mecca, Oasis, Arabia, and Thermal.

      The entire area is majority Hispanic now.

      • bilderbuster

        They should call the team The Flunkies to represent the school’s present student make up. Have the mascot wear a dunce hat/sombreo.

      • Jack Burton

        Yes, we should really be concerned about the mascots and names of mestizo high school teams.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Here’s what happened to a school in my district a few years ago that my taxes pay to support:

          A certain lesbian lawmaker with a lot of time on her hands shoved through legislation that banned schools from using any and all Indian mascots. Before the ink was dry, schools that had Indians or Indian symbolism (the warriors, the braves, etc.) were ordered to take down any signs or images of their now racist, non-PC mascots, IMMEDIATELY.

          A certain school near me that happened to be, for 50 years “The Home of the Braves,” was forced to scrape off and replace its brand new gym floor – $10,000, paint over a large mural on a newly built retaining wall, replace the scoreboard, replace all band uniforms, football uniforms, bleachers in the stadium (an image of an Indian warrior was painted across the bleachers) destroy any book covers, replace stationery and forbid kids from wearing any t-shirts with the old mascot on it.

          I cannot imagine what all of this cost – entire maintenance crews and (most likely) millions of dollars were diverted and sent out to make the changes over two weeks, including overtime paid so the erasures could be completed ASAP.

          That’s why it matters. It’s part of the War on Whites and planned destruction of White America that we’re being forced to pay for.

          A South African once told me when they start changing the names of your streets, schools, parks and buildings – THAT’S when you’ll know it’s end times.

    • TonyWestfield

      D.B., aren’t they sitting on the Koran? Open to what page, I wonder. Maybe that’s where the school’s cheerleaders get the lyrics for their “fight” song and cheers.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m ‘offended’ by everything that’s happened to our country in the last 50 years.

  • IstvanIN

    Pretty good likeness if you ask me….

    • M.

      That’s one full-blooded Semite. He’s the former King of Saudi Arabia, I believe.

      To think they’re counted as “White” in the U.S…

      • Jack Burton

        Full-blooded? You, like the majority here, need to educate yourself about race and genetics.

        He’s clearly part Negroid. Saudi Arabia is on average 7% Negroid. Former kings Abdulaziz (Ibn Saud), Saud and Khalid are even more obviously black.

        • M.

          Just because he’s a little swarthy doesn’t necessarily mean he has negroid ancestry. Most Middle Easterners are olive- to brown-skinned.

          • Jack Burton

            Hey moron, I gave you a thorough explanation, DNA evidence, and more examples (which are genetically related to him) of Negroid ancestry in Saudi Arabia. Yet you reply with a stupid straw-man argument about skin tone. You sound just like the retarded ngrs who I regularly verbally bitchslap on YouTube.

  • I read this, and it makes me wonder if this is the kind of country that even wants to fight ISIS.

    • Nope.

    • willbest

      For most men ISIS rule would be a step up over the current system.

      • captainc

        ISIS is needed to weaken ZOG rules in Western world. Check endzog(dot)wordpress

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          I think it is a safe bet to say ISIS strengthens ZOG.

          .

  • JohnEngelman

    The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a civil rights group in Washington, D.C., launched a letter-writing campaign in November to get rid of the images on the grounds they enforce negative stereotypes of an entire ethnic group and millions of U.S. citizens.

    – Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2014

    Stereotypes are usually over generalizations of what is really true.

    • willbest

      Which is why it doesn’t make sense, because that representation of an Arab looks peaceful and fun loving

    • NoMosqueHere

      In honor of ISIS, they should change the name to “The Decapitators.”

    • bilderbuster

      Except when it comes to your favorite tribe eh?

  • I imagine the local menfolk are going to miss that pretty blonde belly dancer in the picture. Too white? I’m surprised the feminists didn’t jump on her before the muzzies got involved with banning old hook nose.

    • D.B. Cooper

      How long before they demand no more I Dream of Jeannie because Barbara Eden doesn’t look like the typical person from that area?

      • bilderbuster

        If the “Jeannie” had looked like a typical woman from that area then no one would have watched that silly show.

    • Juggernaut3000

      Yeah, I’m sure the local menfolk – 100% 4’10” mestizos, will miss that pretty blonde belly dancer…

    • Jack Burton

      I’m going to pretend you’re being sarcastic, because it’s too depressing to think that supposed pro-whites are that clueless to think mestizas with dye jobs are blonde white women.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How about the Coachella Valley Suicide Bombers?

    Or the Decapitators?

    Remove the mascot. Then remove the Arabs from our land.

    Solved.

    Coachella Valley High School’s Arab mascot logo has changed over the decades, from the original one on horseback, to one wielding a scimitar and wearing a fez, to the one used today, bottom right.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Ah yes, “The Decapitators”, I like it. You know what Bon, you ought to send it to Coachella Valley High as a suggestion for a new name change. Cause you know eventually Diversity will also turn on the name and demand that it go as well. And being the spineless “Politically Correct” weasels those in the education system are, they will most certainly give in. So,,, might as well get a cool suggestion in now.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Looks Just Like The Terrorist From Trey Parker And Matt Stone’s “TEAM AMERICA”!

  • Paleoconn

    Imagine going back in time to when this mascot was created, and telling the school officials in a few generations, there will be people in this country from those Arab lands who will take offense at this mascot. You’d be laughed back into the Delorean.

    • bilderbuster

      They would have laughed harder if you had told them other Semites would set up a kingdom in Hollywood.

      • Juggernaut3000

        Straight from New York, to escape Edison’s royalty demands on his movie camera patents and with equipment they’d stolen before they fled.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      They would have called you a Nazi and shot you without a trial. Right before you were shot you would here them say: “This is America. It is a free country. Nobody can tell us what to do.” and all that other nonsense.

      .

  • sbuffalonative

    They can update the image with this smiling Arab:

    • Jack Burton

      A smiling octoroon Arab pedophile grabbing a scared blonde girl, that’s a very accurate mascot.

  • JackKrak

    “Both sides are also in negotiations over a more benign ‘Arab’ logo.”

    Only holding one bomb instead of two?

  • Chris Granzow XI

    They should make the mascot walk around with a 9-year old wife just to make it more culturally accurate.

    • Juggernaut3000

      They should make the mascot walk around with a mock-up of a severed head to make it more culturally accurate.

  • TonyWestfield

    My economist’s eye caught something at the end of the article. The Arab trouble-maker describes Coachella Valley as “a cash-strapped school district.” Hmmm, take a look at the photograph. See those girls? There is zero chance that their school district is “cash-strapped” by endogenous factors. The district is cash-strapped because of outside (exogenous) factors such as the redistribution schemes, typical in California, that move money into “disadvantaged” school districts whose students are, well, different from the Coachella kids in the photo. And needless to say, a school district can quickly become cash-strapped when it has to defend itself against lawsuits by trouble-makers who ought to be living elsewhere, in their very own country.

    • Juggernaut3000

      Nah, the area has no tax base. Demographics are welfare mestizos, some of whom are paid in cash for field work – which they them drop into slot machines in the local casinos, along with any welfare money they receive for their 7-12 American citizen children.

      • TonyWestfield

        Shocker. Thanks.

  • Juggernaut3000

    I know this area, it is full of welfare mestizos, some straight from the fields. One of the local casinos was filled with them feeding slot machines with coins as fast as they possibly could. Forgot to check whether the slot machines took EBT cards or not, I assume they do.

    Didn’t see a single “Arab” that I could tell, including at the 7-11s and gas stations which are run by East Indians.

    I doubt a single one knows, or gives a rip about A-rabs.

    • Jack Burton

      The cheerleaders all look like welfare mestizas.

  • Jack Burton

    I agree that it is offensive, it’s offensive to (former) white students and players that their mascot is an Arab and the name of their team is “Arabs.” I don’t see the “beloved” nature in taking on foreign identities, whether it’s redskins or Arabs.

    By the look of the cheerleaders and other pictures from their website, the school is 90+% mestizo, so it’s irrelevant.

  • OhWow

    They should just be renamed the Coachella Valley High ISIS’

  • Damien Santiago

    They consulted the Justice Department over the Schools logo and they both agreed it needed to change? What a joke!