CALIFORNIA High School will NOT submit to Arab pressure to force the school to drop its ‘Arab’ mascot

THERMAL – Coachella Valley High School will keep the ‘Arabs’ name, but the east valley school district will ‘consider’ revisions to the campus mascot with a national Arab-American group.

Coachella Valley High School alumnus Richard Ramirez explains how locals take pride in the school's controversial mascot during a special school board meeting on the issue

Coachella Valley High School alumnus Richard Ramirez explains how locals take pride in the school’s controversial mascot during a special school board meeting on the issue

MyDesert  During a special meeting of the school board Friday night, Coachella Valley Unified Superintendent Darryl Adams said the school district will meet with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee next week. A news conference is planned for Tuesday afternoon, where the future of the polarizing mascot will be discussed.

Adams said he hoped to make a proposal to the school board by the end of the year. But no matter how the mascot may change, the school will stay the “Arabs,” he said.

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“(Changing) the name “Arab” is no longer on the table. It is a name we will keep,” Adams announced at the board meeting. As Adams spoke, a mural of the mascot – a sneering, bearded man with a headscarf and a single tooth – loomed on the gym wall behind him. The same face is painted on the perimeter of the gym and a on welcome sign at the front of the campus.

Two weeks ago, this face drew the scorn of the anti-discrimination group, which chastised the school district for extending a longstanding stereotype of Arabs as villains. The group also launched an online petition demanding the school abandoned its mascot.

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