Coachella Valley High School in Thermal, California has a large door mat reading “Welcome to Coachella Valley, Home of the Arabs.” Coachella Valley High School students have considered themselves “Arabs” since the 1920s. Arabs today are not happy.
In fact, the school calls itself the “Coachella Valley Arabs” in sports, and even features an “Arab” as its mascot — which has led to a firestorm of controversy in the Arab-American community.
“The mascot is basically an angry ‘Arab’ head – hooknose, long beard, headscarf and all,” said Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Source: Al Jazeera America
Take a look at Google images for “Coachella Valley High School Arabs.” The logo is on everything from baby clothing to basketball, baseball, wrestling and softball gear.
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