ADC is appalled at the use of a caricature depicted to be an "Arab" as the official mascot of the Coachella Valley High School. "The District and the ADC are close to resolving this matter in a very positive manner," the district statement said. The Arab mascot costume was a cartoonish, headscarf-wearing man with a hooked nose, a thick beard and a devilish mustache. While the school has had the same mascot for more than 80 years, it is now being focused on as Muslims gain wider acceptance in American society. A California school district will work with a civil rights group and a committee to change the appearance of the controversial “Arab” mascot at Coachella Valley High School, school administrators said Tuesday. Coachella Valley High School's mascot that appears on logos and school clothing (photo: Coachella Valley High School) Coachella Valley High School’s controversial Arab mascot has been replaced by a less sinister-looking character, but the school’s Arab nickname remains and the old guy’s hostile visage can still be observed all over campus. The Coachella Valley High School Arabs The Arabs, whose former mascot was a deeply offensive stereotype of a bearded Middle Eastern man, changed their name in … Coachella Valley High School is a public high school for grades 9-12. It is unclear when the board will address the logo issue. All rights reserved. The district submitted five options to the group last spring, Ayoub said. A California school district will work with a civil rights group and a committee to change the appearance of the controversial “Arab” mascot at Coachella Valley High School, school administrators said Tuesday. A physical education uniform available for $15 through Coachella Valley High School's web store shows "The Arab" mascot, which has become the center of … First, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent its letter objecting to the mascot. Coachella Valley High School has long used the “Arab” mascot with traditional Arab head covering, but recently changed its website to reflect an updated mascot. On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will discuss the mascot with Superintendent Darryl Adams of the Coachella Valley Unified School District. After 2009, when former student Colleen Murphy graduated high school, she started taking an issue with her school’s mascot, the Indian. A California high school has ditched a controversial mascot that critics have denounced as offensive. Ayoub wrote a letter to the district on Nov. 1 saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated. (Images: CVHS Alumni Association) (CNSNews.com) – Hot on the heels of the Washington Redskins name controversy, an Arab-American advocacy group wants a California high school to … These images — the mascot, the logo and murals — drew the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a civil rights group in Washington, D.C. Last November, the group sent a letter accusing the district of "orientalist stereotyping," thrusting the school into a national media spotlight. Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone. On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, a representative of the anti-discrimination committee, said the retirement of the mascot was a good first step. The school mascot, "Arabs", was named in the 1930s to honor the once large Arab colony involved in the date palm growing industry. Of the Arab imagery at the school, the mascot was the most offensive, so it makes sense that he was the first to go, Ayoub said. Tuskegee Airman From LA Dies of COVID-19 Days Before 101st Birthday, Glendale Man Arrested for Allegedly Spitting on People While Jogging, Copyright © 2021 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | September 11, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Coachella Valley Unified School District and Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams announced a 5-0 vote to accept a new iteration of the Coachella Valley High School mascot and logo, as well as an additional word added to the team name. The Coachella Valley Unified School District confirmed Friday that it has retired the school's controversial "Arab" mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year. On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will discuss the mascot with Superintendent Darryl Adams of the Coachella Valley Unified School District. 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. "We took our time to get the opinion of that logo, and it was overwhelmingly positive.". Their mascot: Rajah, a bearded man wearing a Sikh-like turban. Arab-American rights group says Coachella Valley High School's mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering. Arab-American rights group says Coachella Valley High School's mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering. A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. The sports teams at California's Coachella Valley High School are known as "the Arabs." School pep teams … Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. in 2005. The costumed mascot has been retired from the field. Hinkle is not alone. While the school has had the same mascot for more than 80 years, it is now being focused on as Muslims gain wider acceptance in American society. A final resolution is expected to be announced publicly in the near future. Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County has retired its controversial Arab mascot following opposition from anti-discrimination groups. www.scpr.org/.../coachella-valley-hs-new-mighty-arabs-mascot On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will discuss the mascot with Superintendent Darryl Adams of the Coachella Valley Unified School District. Although this new design has the blessing of the anti-discrimination group, it still needs approval from the east valley school board. The school took the position that the name was a "gift" to the Arab peoples for their contribution to the economy of the … THERMAL, Calif. (KABC) -- Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County has retired its controversial Arab mascot. Last summer, she … The committee said it approves of the new design, the Desert Sun reported. Until 2014, the mascot was a snarling, hook-nosed caricature of an Arab man wearing a … When the CV High football team takes the field against Rancho Mirage High for its season opener on Friday night, the mascot will be absent. Originally, the school's mascot was the "Arabs" with a mascot appearing at sporting events playing on stereotypical tropes, including: a thick … "We passed it around to experts and community members," Ayoub said. He is proud to have played in the first football game between Coachella Valley High School's Arabs and Indio High School. Reporter Brett Kelman can be reached by phone at (760) 778-4642, by email at brett.kelman@desertsun.com, or on Twitter @TDSbrettkelman. Until 2014, the mascot was a snarling, hook-nosed caricature of an Arab man wearing a … However, as criticism mounted online, support grew at home. (Marilyn Chung/AP) In 2014, the Coachella Valley Unified School District voted to change Coachella Valley High School’s nickname from Arabs to Mighty Arabs. Currently Celebrating 111 years. SUBSCRIBE NOW As low as $3 for 3 months. Coachella Valley High School has finally retired their Arab mascot after the angry, one-toothed caricature became the subject of national controversy last year, and they may have found a new logo. School officials said the old mascot will be replaced by a stoic, neatly groomed man. Hinkle doesn't see it that way. School pep teams even lead belly dances during halftime shows. Art Montoya, class of '56, said in an email, "I have heard very few comments on our mascot name. The Coachella Valley High School Arabs will now be known as the Mighty Arabs, after the school district’s board of trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday to … The anti-discrimination group has also approved one of the new designs for a school logo — a major milestone for choosing the new face of CV High. AP The school's logo — the mascot's snarling face, with a single tooth — is still featured on the school's welcome sign, the school website and a giant mural on the campus gym. The Coachella Valley Unified School District confirmed Friday that it has retired the school… In a statement released Friday, Coachella Valley Unified said it would soon call a joint news conference with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee to discuss a final resolution to the mascot controversy. Coachella Valley High School has retired the "Arab," a bearded mascot used at school football games that wears a headscarf and sports an oversized hooked nose, as well as a belly-dancing genie, according to the Desert Sun. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. in 2005. For decades, Coachella Valley High's mascot has been the Arab, a menacing-looking man with a hooked nose and a head wrap. The letter prompted a story by Al Jazeera America, the U.S. branch of the leading Arab news network, and quickly spread to USA Today and other national news organizations, sparking a slew of online criticism against the school. Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. Coachella Valley Arabs ... UPDATE: This article has been updated to remove the Robstown High School mascot, the Cottonpickers. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee say the image of the Arab mascot on a carpet with … This logo was used for decades before anyone objected. A Southern California desert high school was in the spotlight this week after a civil rights group called the campus mascot — the Arab — demeaning and stereotyping. Coachella Valley's new "Mighty Arab" mascot was a compromise with a Civil Rights group based in Washington D.C. But the school district has promised that more changes are coming. © 2021 www.desertsun.com. The controversy began last November when a community member of Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, Calif., located just east of Palm Springs, brought the mascot to the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. A California school district will work with a civil rights group and a committee to change the appearance of the controversial “Arab” mascot at Coachella Valley High School, school administrators said Tuesday. California High School Under Fire Over 'Arab' Mascot . Coachella Valley High School has retired the "Arab," a bearded mascot used at school football games that wears a headscarf and sports an oversized hooked nose, as … "We hope that those witnessing our collaboration will follow our lead and keep their eyes, ears and hearts open to the feelings of others.". All rights reserved. Other school buildings are covered in murals that have been called stereotypical, including a lamp and a book that looks like a flying carpet. Then, suddenly, objections came from everywhere. AP Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the Desert Sun reported. The latest developments in the debate over Coachella Valley High School’s mascot, the Arab, will be announced Tuesday at a news conference with the district and a civil-rights group. In 1931, Coachella Valley High School started using the name “Arab” for their mascot. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during football games was also retired, according to the report. Coachella Valley High School Announces New Mascot. Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. After gathering opinions from the Arab-American community, many felt the mascot was demeaning and the group decided to act, said Abed A. Ayoub, the group's director of legal and policy affairs. 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. The sports teams at California's Coachella Valley High School are known as "the Arabs." Ramirez also cited the Middle East influence in community names such as Mecca, Oasis and Arabia. Inland schools rethink mascots as pressure mounts against … For decades, Coachella Valley High's mascot has been the Arab, a menacing-looking man with a hooked nose and a head wrap. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone. 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. David Hinkle, who graduated from the school in 1961, defended the Arab mascot, which he called a matter of school … Although the Arab mascot is gone from the sidelines, his face is still everywhere at CV High. Local news from across Southern California. Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County is catching heat for using an "Arab" for its mascot and is fielding complaints that the school should change the mascot due to its offensive nature. The costumed mascot has been retired from the field. They also agreed to change CVHS ’ Arab mascot to look less barbaric and more distinguished. Many pointed to the mascot's deep roots: The school introduced its "Arab" identity more than 90 years ago to celebrate how the east valley date industry created a spiritual link with the Middle East. A Southern California high school sports team called the "Arabs" is not scoring any points for its name. Arab mascot controversy. Coachella Valley High School’s controversial Arab mascot has been replaced by a less sinister-looking character, but the school’s Arab nickname remains and the old guy’s hostile visage can still be observed all over campus. Although the Arab mascot is gone from the sidelines, his face is still everywhere at Coachella Valley High. 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. The district formed a mascot committee — comprised of school leaders, alumni and students — to recommend a new school logo. In the '50s, the school traded the horseman for two new drawings: a standing figure with a scimitar and the angry face of an older man wearing a fez. He often appeared with a bellydancing genie during halftime. The Coachella Valley High School Arabs will now be known as the Mighty Arabs, after the school district’s board of trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday to amend the school’s team name. (Images: CVHS Alumni Association) (CNSNews.com) – Hot on the heels of the Washington Redskins name controversy, an Arab-American advocacy group wants a California high school to … Coachella Valley High School has agreed to redesign its Arab mascot (pictured), and ditch his belly-dancing genie sidekick, after complaints from anti-discrimination campaigners Welcome to Coachella Valley High School, Home of the Mighty Arabs. Coachella Valley High School Announces Mascot Change To 'Mighty Arabs' By Staff Reporter Sep 11, 2014 11:03 AM EDT After a D.C. civil rights group accused Coachella Valley High School in California of "oriental stereotyping" with its mascot, the school honchos agreed to change its mascot name from "The Arabs" to the "Mighty Arabs," the school announced Tuesday according to The Desert … After the story went viral, both the Huffington Post and Cracked.com said the mascot was among the most tasteless and embarrassing in the country. Coachella Valley High School has retired the school’s controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the … In the '80s, the angry face swapped the fez for a headscarf, becoming the school logo that exists today.