Updated: November 29, 2013

By:- Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter

In the Chowchilla, California area a protest blossomed against a Southern California high school who’s sports teams name and mascot are called Arabs.

The name stuck because of the school’s location near the California desert, so, the name seemed appropriate. In reality it has nothing to do with the Middle Eastern residents, yet they use this name. This is a prime example of the continuation of the marginalization of minorities or people of color in the United States.

The Marginalization has continued in a Northern California Bay Area high school with their Native American Indian name and mascot.

Protest and demonstrations would not happen if the American public would stop naming minority cultures or peoples for their mascots as their sports team’s name. Wednesday night, November 20th, 2013, The Vallejo, California Unified School Board of Education voted to change the Vallejo High School’s mascot and name.

The Vallejo Apaches with their red, black, and white uniforms will have to find another mascot and another name at the start of the next academic year. With the influx of Native Americans in Vallejo High School many thought the name might be offensive to these young adults. Just like the Washington Football Club’s believed that this is a source of tension between individuals who believe they are honoring the Apache Tribe and those who think that it is offensive and derogatory toward Native American Indians.

The Vallejo High School Native American students are afraid to speak up or speak out on the issue because they may think that other students might bully, tease, or even beat them up. It is time for a change when it starts to affect our children. The Intertribal Council of Solano County, The National Congress of American Indians, (AIM)The American Indian Movement, came to the school board meeting with statistics on Native American students in Northern California and the positive and negative effects of the name on these students.

(NCRSM)The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media will also be involved in the process to change the name. The numbers are slowly changing with only five professional teams, 20 collegian teams, and a few hundred of high school teams with Native American Indian names. THE MOVEMENT WILL CONTINUE The Movement for positive change throughout America has picked up steam as high schools and colleges continue to drop their Native American tribal names

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist. Email at ©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod

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