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Monday, September 20, 2010

Ole Miss shelving Col. Reb

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:19 AM

In light of the vigorous discussion here the other day about the continuation of Rebel flag-waving, a Rebel mascot and other Old South trappings at Highland High School in North Arkansas, you might be interested in the New York Times' story on the last year of the use of the Col. Reb mascot (much like a plantation-era figure used by Highland) at Ole Miss.

This summer, Ole Miss announced a ban on the sale of any items with his image. And in coming weeks, the university is expected to hold a student-run election to pick a new mascot.

It is part of a longstanding plan to recast the university’s image, still tarnished by its reputation for racial strife in the 1960s, to signal that it is more tolerant and diverse. Confederate battle flags were discouraged from football games years ago, and “Dixie” is no longer the unofficial fight song.

As we wrote earlier, Highland High has no intention of ditching its symbols.

The image below is from the Highland High home page. It adopted its Rebel finery in the mid-1960s when the Rebel flag became a symbol of Southern resistance at places of confrontation such as Ole Miss. (Not many plantations in that neck of the woods, I don't think.) Time brings changes. Some places.


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