“Colonel Reb” is out as the Ole Miss mascot and “Rebel Black Bear” is in.
“Colonel Reb” was banished from Ole Miss’ sidelines seven years ago for being deemed to be, OBVIOUSLY, a bit insensitive.
After months of polling on what to choose as a new mascot, the school decided it was time to not be racist anymore. Good call.
This is a rather big move for a school that only LAST YEAR stopped having its school band play a certain fight song to discourage the fan chant, “The South will rise again.”
Jeesh, only in 1997 did school administrators tell students, “Hey, let’s not wave those Confederate flags at games, OK?”
At least the new mascot is a black bear and not a “really white” bear.
The final three choices were a land shark, a bear and the personification of the school cheer “Hotty Toddy.” The bear received 62 percent of the vote in the final poll.
Honestly, this seems like something that should have happened, oh, I don’t know, sometime in the early 1970s, not in 2010.
“I know there was a lot of people emotionally invested in Colonel Reb and everybody might not completely agree with the bear, but I think everyone can be proud of how our students went about the process,” said Sparky Reardon, the university’s dean of students. Via Yahoo Sports
How could you take anyone who graduates from Ole Miss seriously?
“Oh, you’re from the school that’s blatantly OK with being racist? Sure, we’d love to hire you to be the marketing representative for the NAACP.”
Congratulations, Ole Miss. I guess.
Oh, I spoke too soon.
“I think it’s hypocrisy. I think the fans of Ole Miss still want Colonel Reb. We have a petition with 3,500 signatures of students who still want Colonel Reb as their mascot and that’s the way it should be,” said Brian Ferguson, a 2007 graduate who is also a member of the Colonel Reb Foundation.