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Coachella Valley HS Genie Dance Football Game

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Published on Nov 5, 2013

ADC is appalled at the use of a caricature depicted to be an "Arab" as the official mascot of the Coachella Valley High School. The image of the Coachella Valley High School mascot depicts a man with a large nose, heavy beard, and wearing a Kaffiay, or traditional Arab head covering. It has come to our attention that during sporting events, and school functions, a student dressed as this figure, makes an appearance.

This video clearly show orientalist stereotyping of Arabs. During half-time shows at sporting events, the "Arab male" comes out to music, while a female dressed as a belly dancer entertains him. Further, the gymnasium has the face of an "Arab" caricature in the middle of the basketball court, as well as around the walls. Outside of the building, an "Arab" on a carpet is depicted, with a woman next to him.

All these are examples of gross stereotyping, which must not be tolerated, and must immediately be addressed. ADC strongly believes that use of the word and such imagery perpetuates demeaning stereotypes of Arabs and Arab Americans. The "Arab" mascot image is a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping which should be eliminated. By allowing continued use of the term and imagery, you are commending and enforcing the negative stereotypes of an entire ethnic group, millions of whom are citizens of this nation.

Tell CVHS that this will not be tolerated, sign the ADC petition today:
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50434/p...

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