Will 2014 Be the Year Fullerton High and Canyon High Drop their Offensive Indians and Comanches Nicknames?

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Yesterday, while I was sprawled across the floor in my tiny P.O. Box, nearly passed out from another night of Maker's and Zaya, a news report on KCAL-TV Channel 9 aired about Vallejo High School up north dropping their Apaches nickname and mascot. It's part of a nationwide movement to change the nicknames of sports teams that call themselves after Indian tribes or "Indians" following in the wake of pressure on the Washington Redskins to switch out their hilariously antiquated logo.

The report reminded me: are activists ever going to go after Fullerton High again?

Let's hop on the '74 Caddy time machine to 2002, when your humble Mexican was just a cub reporter and your favorite infernal rag averaged 90+ pages a week. I was driving back from somewhere in Brea (now that I think of it, I was trying to get with a girl--and, of course, that went nowhere) south on Euclid Road, when I passed by the board room of the Fullerton Joint Union Joint High District off Bastanchury Road. Outside were about 20 protestors who were going to ask the trustees to change the name of Fullerton High's mascot from the Indians to anything else. They were particularly bold that night, too, demanding that the board also change the nickname of the Sonora High Raiders, because their mascot was a caricature of Emiliano Zapata (and that's the last time you'll hear about Sonora High for a couple of years, because who ever thinks of Sonora High?).

The board, unsurprisingly, laughed them off, and a skirmish broke out. I say "laughably" not because I think the cause isn't noble, but because Fullerton High has used the logo for over a century as the second-oldest high school in Orange County, and such a move would infuriate its wide, conservative, retrograde alumni network. Nothing has changed in the decade since--if anything, Fullerton High graduates are as tied to the nickname as ever.

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Which takes us to Canyon High.

Their mascot is the Comanches, and a bushy one, at that. As far as I can tell, they've never had to bother with people protesting their mascot. And I doubt they ever will on their own volition: the school is safely ensconced in Anaheim Hills, and is the type of place where people will dress up as "Mexicans" and paint YOU as the racist for calling them out on their wackiness.

But with an emboldened opposition, expect local activists to pressure Fullerton and Canyon to drop their Indians and Comanches next year--the Revolution must take a break for turkey and tamales, you know? And expect gabachos saying with a straight face that the Indians and Comanches names honor Indians and Comanches, and call the Native Americans pushing for such a measure the real racists. Stay classy, OC!

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TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Puras pendejadas. Indians, racist? No. Redskins, racist? Simon.

mhip
mhip

Finding ways to be offended is a cottage industry...

David A Rivera
David A Rivera

I'm sorry but I'm a liberal and don't give a pig's ass about silly mascots

Rachel Penn
Rachel Penn

Joel White, not all the whites, just the liberal ones..

Rachel Penn
Rachel Penn

Welcome to " Thin skinned America".. I dont see how this is offensive. From all that I read Apache's are great warriors..

Joel White
Joel White

As an atheist the Angles offend me. They should change the name too right? Stupid. More white people complain about this than Native Americans.

John Grace
John Grace

But you can't guarantee all will feel the same way. Artificial Liberal Rage is air tight.

John Grace
John Grace

Many work as cowboys, we should get rid of them too.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Shut up OC weekly with your controversy, OC weekly always bringing up racist shit, no wonder why we have a bad rep out here thanks OC weekly

Doug Cox
Doug Cox

What a bunch of poo. Offensive? Really? Your mag, which I love to read, has more illegal Happy Ending massage parlors that law enforcement use it as a weekly read to see who needs to be busted. A strong, proud warrior image is offensuve? It's the liberal victimology , passive aggressive, political correctness.

Tracy Lynn Wilson Mann
Tracy Lynn Wilson Mann

I went to Fullerton HS 10 years ago, and they said they were replacing it back then...

Robert Saenz
Robert Saenz

erase yourself from the hearts and minds of society. what history forgets its doomed to repeat

Idi_Amin
Idi_Amin

How about the Canyon High Casino Moguls?

Mark Warrick
Mark Warrick

And what will become of my alma matter - the Willard Indians.... will they now be the Willard American Natives? Or Willard Mickey Mice? Lame!

Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

COME ON i am from american indian heritage and WENT to canyon high, i am not offended by these mascots, i think it is awesome that they show homage to those who originally inhabited our land..

Shawn Davis Schriner
Shawn Davis Schriner

Are we going to take the name 'Cracker Barrel' restaurant, 'cracker jack', "Saltine Crackers" away, too? I mean, cracker is a racist term, right? This is totally ridiculous and getting way out of hand. I'm part American Indian, I find no offense to this BS

Mike Dorsey
Mike Dorsey

'Redskins' is a racial slur and should go away. The Cleveland Indians mascot is a ridiculous cartoon caricature and should be changed. That being said, I don't see how naming a school or team's mascot after any group is intrinsically offensive. Irish folks aren't upset about Notre Dame. I don't see anybody in California upset about being represented by a miner 49er. Naming a team the Patriots = horribly offensive?

BBain
BBain

Another brilliant piece by Gustavo - the chief of the PC police!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Hmm...are any of the people commenting on this Native American? I'm not...but just wondering...

Susan Wattles
Susan Wattles

I went to Eastern Michigan University when we were the Hurons. (as in Lake, county, river). It was a unique name and bestowed identity. In a much debated decision the name was abolished and we became the generic Eagles. The chief of the Huron tribe even came forward and said he saw no disrespect in the mascot and was not behind the change. Alumni donations have dropped considerably.

Lenny Taylor
Lenny Taylor

Screw that!!! They tried this in Burbank, Ca... They kept the Indian name

Stacy Mohler
Stacy Mohler

Do these people not have ANYTHING better to focus their time and energy on?!!! WHY are liberals SO ready to be offended by anything and everything ALL the time?! They are offensive if you ask me!!

Gillie Bob
Gillie Bob

Savana high removed their rebel flag years and years ago and it's a matter of time before they change eveything. Nothing last forever!'

Nick Espinosa
Nick Espinosa

nahh man i went to fullerton my family went to fullerton this cant happen

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

It's not "offensive". You dont see me all riled up about the Fighting Irish. Artificial Liberal Rage is disgusting.

Jackie Bermudez
Jackie Bermudez

I heard Fullerton High School was going to remove the name when I was a freshman... I am now 25 years old now...it took this long? Haha this is dumb.

Jerry Kasai
Jerry Kasai

Hmmmm... I wonder if PETA will go after all the schools with animal names.

Joshua Ryan
Joshua Ryan

Everything is offensive now days it seems. Sad.

FightingSeamusOToole
FightingSeamusOToole

@Dorian Jones Thats right the "fighting irish" is in no way a stereotype now hand me the whiskey before my irish gets up!

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle

Reminds me of that South Park Christmas episode where the kids dressed as clouds (it was something puffy) and spun around in circles becuase they did not want to offend anyone. 

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