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ETHNIC MASCOT MAKEOVERS
Calif. high school's push to keep Arab sparks debate over ethnic mascots
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, December 2, 2013 11:03 AM EST
For decades, a Southern California high school has had a black-haired, mustached man wearing a head scarf known as the Arab as its mascot. He's about to get a makeover.
The district aims to craft an ethnic mascot that doesn't offend, though some experts question whether that's possible.
The debate comes as the decades-old controversy over Native American mascots, logos and nicknames gains heat with stepped up pressure on the National Football League's Washington Redskins to change its name.