(DESERT SUN) — Although the Arab mascot is gone from the sidelines, his face is still everywhere at CV High. 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. Other school buildings are covered in murals that have been called stereotypical, including a lamp and a book that looks like a flying carpet.
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.
On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, a representative of the anti-discrimination committee, said the retirement of the mascot was a good first step. 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.