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Calif. High School Drops Arab Mascot

Posted September 2nd, 2014 @ 6:20am by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Mascot makeover: California's Coachella Valley High School has retired its football team's hook-nosed Arab mascot and his bellydancing genie sidekick after complaints about "Orientalist stereotyping" from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

But the school district plans to keep the team's "Arabs" nickname and has come up with a new logo featuring a bearded man in a headscarf that has won the approval of the anti-discrimination committee, the Desert Sun reports.

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