I never expected my Alma Mater to make national headlines. Though this past week I seen them everywhere from Yahoo Sports to Cracked.com. All because an Arab-American lawyer from D.C. was offended by our mascot.
If you read the headlines recently you know I’m talking about the mascot belonging to the Coachella Valley High School, “Home of the Arabs”. According to the ADC our mascot is “a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping which should be eliminated”.
I respectfully disagree. While we have people on both sides of this issue. The ones that agree with the ADC will scream for the mascot’s removal. I studied history and I’m well aware of how the 1930s to mid 40′s were to the Jewish community. I know how harmful stereotypes and bad propaganda can be. This, however, is not the 1940s. This is today. No Arab has been harmed because of our mascot, nor have they been put in concentration camps for it either. This mascot… has been around for 82 years or so. Even after the tragedy of 911, the mascot remained unchanged. Still celebrated, still respected and still a cause of great pride.
I want to understand where the leader of this crusade is coming from. The more I think about it, the more I read about it, the more it sounds like a ploy to get his face on as many news stations as possible. Nothing sells more than Sampson v Goliath, or however the expression goes.
I know the times must and always will change, and we should change with them. Lately though it seems like someone is always upset about something. You see countless articles online about people complaining that someone or some company did them wrong. Was it always like this? Or is it just so simple to read it now because of the internet? Gone are the days of old, when people would be offended over things that really mattered.
This whole vibe of now a days reminds me of a song, that rings so true: