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Coachella Valley High School Arab mascot stirs controversy
by Brett Kelman
A national anti-discrimination group is pressuring Coachella Valley High School to abandon its longstanding mascot — a sneering, hook-nosed "Arab," sometimes with a single tooth.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter on Friday chastising the Coachella Valley Unified School District for "orientalist stereotyping" in school murals, football halftime shows and the mascot in general.
Superintendent Darryl Adams said the mascot controversy will be discussed at the next school board meeting on Nov. 21. Adams would not say whether he planned to recommend a change of mascot, but admitted "the Arab" has given him pause in the past.
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