A new online petition is demanding that the “racist mascot of LSU” be changed.
The petition was started on Change.org five days ago by a user identified as LaMallori LSU of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and already has 480 signatures of the 500 being sought.
The raised clinched fist, used as the Black Lives Matter symbol, is shown beside LaMallori’s name.
LaMallori alleges that the Tiger mascot is insulting to African Americans, as it supposedly honors confederate militantism. Not to mention the fact that “it’s cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people.”
The petition reads:
Louisiana State University named their mascot the Tigers, and they named it during the height of Jim Crow South. This was a time when black men feared for their lives, and were treated as sub human. This symbol is the most prevalent confederate symbol in the United States.
These powerful white males choose the Tiger as a symbol to honor a confederate regiment called Louisiana’s Tigers. They were known for their propensity for violence on and off the battle field. They were just as violent to the black slaves they owned, and later even more violent once those slaves were set free.
It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend to a school that honors confederate militantism. It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed. We must speak truth to power, and continue to march toward justice. That day is coming, the day when every symbol of white oppression is torn down.
It’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people. They’ve never been in a cage!
Thursday, June 1, an update was posted to the petition that states, “Get used to this. For years we suffered subtle slights, but soon we will be the majority. It will be up to us to shape our state in our image, not in the image of our former captors. Wake up black people. Our time has come.”
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