Nov 7, 2013 12:19 PM
THERMAL, Calif. (AP) — An anti-discrimination group is calling on a Southern California high school to get rid of its longstanding Arab mascot that it deems offensive.
The Desert Sun reports (http://mydesert.co/1iPrEX0) the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recently sent a letter to school district officials about the mascot at Coachella Valley High School. Superintendent Darryl Adams said the topic will be discussed at a Nov. 21 school board meeting.
The mascot has been around since the 1920s and chosen to recognize the area's reliance on date farming, traditionally a Middle Eastern crop. It has evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a snarl on its face and sporting a headscarf.
The mascot is a mainstay at football games and joined by belly dancers during halftime shows.