Change Howell HS Confederate Mascot

Change Howell HS Confederate Mascot

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Change the HHS mascot to a positive community symbol

A school mascot represents the identity of its students, teachers & staff—an entire community. It has come to our attention that the Howell High School (NJ) mascot, which is based off a confederate soldier's likeness, does not represent the values of the people it serves. Instead, it undermines the struggles of BIPOC and the blatant prejudice it stands to represent. The depiction of a confederate "rebel" serving as a high school mascot could not be more demeaning or out-of-touch.

We also request all uses of "rebel" and "rebel yell" be disassociated with Howell High School, as those terms also are commonplace in confederate culture. The appalling history of the confederacy should never be glorified or displayed, especially in a public institution that prides themselves on providing educational opportunities for all. The very notion of this symbol existing for so long shows Freehold Regional High School District's (FRHSD) complacency on the matter.

A positive change to this important community symbol is most dire for all future students and resident of Howell. Please join me in signing & sharing of this petiton.

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