School Sidelines Confederate Mascot

Students at Savanna High School in Anaheim, California, the home of Disneyland, have voted to change the school mascot, “Johnny Rebel,” a nickname used for Confederate soldiers from slaveholding states in the South. The confederate symbol was adopted 50 years ago, when Southern California was a headquarters for white supremacists and the majority of students were white. Today, Latinos make up the vast majority of Savanna’s student body. The decision to change the controversial symbol of slavery took place amid wide discussion and voting, and was endorsed by the school’s administration. Ruben Tapia was present at the school board meeting. This report is part of the series, “Speaking of Race.”
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