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Ole Miss to Change Mascot

Ole Miss will keep the Rebel name, but Ole Miss is getting rid of Colonel Reb as a mascot.

Ole Miss students vote to replace Colonel Reb - ESPN

It seems to me that if a change is made it has to be everything. Most schools that have abandoned insensitive mascots have also changed the name. One example is Redskins to Redhawks or Red Wolves. Illinois kept the Illini, but lost the fighting and got rid of Chief Iliniwek.

I am interested to see what Ole Miss proposes as a new on-field mascot.

Any thoughts on this?

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I agree, either change it all or leave it alone!
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The thing with this is that the word 'Rebel' isn't necessarily insensitive.  It was Colonel Reb, the mascot, that was the last vestige of true insensitivity. The school had already stopped playing the fight song where the crowd would sing "The South Will Rise Again", and waving the Confederate flag on the field.  The mascot, which hasn't been used for a few years now, is an old Confederate soldier so it is pretty clear why it is controversial.

If they replace him with a mascot in colonial or frontier garb, the term 'Rebel' would have a completely different connotation.

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The students have spoken…it's their school…
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This fucking bullshit so many people so god dam politically correct colon reb is a huge part of southern heritage and because some board assholes thinks its in proper they feel a need to bitch if you don't like it then don't support ole miss.
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SeminOWL2006 said

The thing with this is that the word 'Rebel' isn't necessarily insensitive.  It was Colonel Reb, the mascot, that was the last vestige of true insensitivity. The school had already stopped playing the fight song where the crowd would sing "The South Will Rise Again", and waving the Confederate flag on the field.  The mascot, which hasn't been used for a few years now, is an old Confederate soldier so it is pretty clear why it is controversial.

If they replace him with a mascot in colonial or frontier garb, the term 'Rebel' would have a completely different connotation.

Colonel Reb is actually more akin to a plantation owner than a soldier. He has a pocket watch, a cane, and cotton in his lapel as opposed to a flower. He has been sidelined longer than the band has not been playing 'Dixie'. The band actually was forced to stop playing it last year. When fans continued to chant 'The South Will Rise Again'.The interesting thing is that while Colonel Reb has been sidelined his image is still everywhere (t-shirts, banners, hats, all the usual stuff that fans purchase).

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SeminOWL2006 said

The thing with this is that the word 'Rebel' isn't necessarily insensitive.  It was Colonel Reb, the mascot, that was the last vestige of true insensitivity. The school had already stopped playing the fight song where the crowd would sing "The South Will Rise Again", and waving the Confederate flag on the field.  The mascot, which hasn't been used for a few years now, is an old Confederate soldier so it is pretty clear why it is controversial.

If they replace him with a mascot in colonial or frontier garb, the term 'Rebel' would have a completely different connotation.

Maybe each year they can recruit a James Dean look-alike to prowl the sidelines.  ;D



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Lets not forget what we are talking about when we say "Southern Heritage" we really mean "Southern White Heritage".  Ole Miss, desegregated in 1962, required US Marshalls, Army MPs, and the Mississippi National Guard to quell riots by whites.  2 died and the Governor of Mississippi was sentenced to jail time for his role in attempting to prevent the desegregation. This whole thing might seem petty in 2010, but the Confederate flag and Colonel Reb represent the Southern White Heritage, a heritage that institutionalized racism and hate.

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I agree 100% with what you are saying. The image actually changed from a soldier to more of a 'southern gentleman' plantation type. No matter what he is he does represent a past of oppression and segregation and that is why he is out.

I am more interested in what they will take up to replace him.

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owlfan1 said


I am interested to see what Ole Miss proposes as a new on-field mascot.

Any thoughts on this?

Interesting find, at least they keep the connection to the "Rebel" theme, just a a whole new limelight…

http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/24/admiral-ackbar-mississippi-university-mascot/#ixzz0gVZ0VTYv



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