Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California announced its decision to remove and replace its current mascot, the Gaucho.
The Gaucho, a South American Cowboy, was replaced after the college said it is “cultural appropriation,” “racist” and non-inclusive of female athletes and “women in general.”
The removal came on the heels of a recommendation by multiple student organizations, petitions, and community forums. In an announcement posted on the school’s website, Saddleback College President Elliot Stern stated that “the hundreds of students and employees who signed the petition and spoke in our forums last year were not the first to decry the Gaucho as a symbol that caused embarrassment and pain.”
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