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.
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