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Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

I moved to Vermont a few years ago after being born and raised in Alabama. The first time I learned that SBHS had the Rebels as a mascot, I was shocked. In the south, "Rebels" is universally understood to be a pro-Confederacy statement. In my hometown, the high school that uses "rebels" has a parking lot full of confederate flag license plate frames and stickers and such in the student parking lot. I thought it must mean something else here in New England, since surely Vermonters, whose ancestors fought on the other side of what Southern kids learn to call "the war of northern aggression," wouldn't be guilty of pro-Confederate statements. The yearbook pictures and other artifacts showing Confederate flags as part of the "rebel" persona would seem to indicate it does not have a definite alternate meaning here, at least not one I've seen articulated. I'm not saying that the name absolutely should be changed--as I am neither a taxpayer nor parent in SB, I don't think it's my place to have a strong opinion on that--but it does have a connotation that is very clear to people with outsider perspectives.

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Posted by Holly on 04/20/2017 at 3:08 PM

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