U.S. high school mascot offensive to Arabs

A U.S. rights group has slammed a California high school for stereotyping Arabs.

U.S. high school mascot offensive to Arabs

World Bulletin / News Desk

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has filed a complaint to a California high school regarding their use of a stereotypical hook-nosed, angry-looking Arab mascot for their sports team.

Sports team from the Coachella Valley High School are nicknamed the ‘Arabs’ by their supporters, also uses a similar image on their school team logo. YouTube videos of half-time shows from the high school’s sporting events also show cheerleaders belly dancing around the Arab mascot.

"It's a very stereotypical logo of Arabs, it has the angry-looking Arab with the hook nose and the beard," American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee director of legal and policy affairs, Abed Ayoub, told Al-Jazeera. 

The school has responded to the complaint and is said to be working with the rights group to solve the issue.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Kasım 2013, 13:28