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Denounce mascot name (Stallions) for Frederick Douglass High School

The name of the mascot and team name announced today for the newest Fayette Co high school, named after abolitionist and US government official Frederick Douglass and the historical Frederick Douglass High School, will be the Stallions. According to the press release, it will also be the mascot and name for the female sports teams. 

This is inappropriate and sexist when you consider the definition from "YourDictionary" ..."The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers" and from Wikipedia..."because of their instincts as herd animals, they may be prone to aggressive behavior, particularly toward other stallions, and thus require careful management by knowledgeable handlers. However, with proper training and management, stallions are effective equine athletes at the highest levels of many disciplines."

What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons? 

We demand that the name be changed to something more gender neutral and more indicative of Douglass' brilliant mind, successful career and vision for equality and to send a message to all students that they are respected and valued.


This petition was delivered to:
  • Superintendent Emmanuel Manny Caulk, Principal Lester Diaz, Fayette Co Board of Education

    Diane Cahill started this petition with a single signature, and now has 212 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.