Petitioning Weld County RE-3J school board and 2 others

Change Weld Central High School's mascot.


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I was always bothered by the overt Confederate symbolism embodied by Weld Central High School's mascot. I never asked anyone why the district had chosen to be represented by the Stars and Bars or General Lee, but I was sure it wasn't good. It wasn't for me to make waves as a 15 year old. I respected authority figures and their decisions. 

Twenty-one years have passed and the time has come to stand up and say that, regardless of the reason why a school started 100 years after the Civil War in Colorado would choose to use Confederate symbols for a mascot, it's disrespectful to people of color and aggrandizes a movement that is abhorrent. I understand that many alumni, especially those who played sports, might have sentimental feelings about being a Rebel, but it's important to embrace a different kind of rebel spirit and summon the backbone to say it's time for a change. 

Weld Central has provided students with ample opportunities to pursue their dreams. There isn't any reason to be ashamed of what the school has accomplished, but it's time to put a new page in our history book and not force students of color to look at symbols of white supremacy at every pep rally and baseball game.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Weld County RE-3J school board
  • Colorado high school athletic association
  • Colorado Department of Education

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