(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/27/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the replacement of a Denver high school’s Confederate-era mascot.
Denver South High School in Denver, Colo., recently conducted surveys and focus groups to determine the need for a new mascot and what that mascot would be. It is now the home of the Ravens, removing the 100-year-legacy of its Rebel mascot, a figure from the Confederacy.
The Denver Public School District established several initiatives to foster a more inclusive educational environment. The schools are now in development of more focused history courses concentrating on Black, Latino, and Native American history.
The former mascot was no longer “appropriate, acceptable, or an accurate representation of what the South stands for,” said Principal Thomas. The raven was chosen as a symbolic, inclusive animal, which “has a long history of being held in high regard in both Native American culture and others throughout the world. . .not associated with any particular gender or race,” stated Thomas.
“We welcome the collective decision to drop a name associated with racism, slavery and white supremacy,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole. “We hope other school districts nationwide take similar actions to eliminate the legacy of anti-Black racism in our society.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, email@example.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org