Hundreds attend work session to discuss Rebel mascot



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I am a parent of a child in the Vestavia school system. I also have a valid view point.

Peggy Gordon more than 4 years ago


It is a sad commentary when we allow someone from outside this community to judge our character based on a name solely intended as being "rebellious" against what was being conducted in the school system at the time. The flag nor name killed anyone. It indeed was a sad, horrific day when a white boy goes into a black church and kills innocent lives. This is simply a knee jerk reaction. There has not been any individual directly affected in a negative way by this mascot. They too have not spoken up until now--at a time when race baiters have taken to the airwaves and tv shows. We must not allow the police correctness police take over. The name Rebel must stand. Go Rebels!

Kelly Garner more than 4 years ago


"What was being conducted in the school system at the time" was integration.

Lisa Borden more than 4 years ago


The "flag nor name never killed anyone." True. However, institutionalized terror, torture and unimaginable oppression has inarguably been committed under that banner. There is a clear reason why folks like Dylan Roof and other white supremacists gravitate towards these symbols of segregation to express their disdain for non-whites. It was also no accident that confederate iconography became the banners under which white southern states chose to rally when refusing to comply with the United States government and integrate their schools and businesses during the Civil Rights movement. It was no accident that schools born from white flight during desegregation chose to adopt pro-segregationist iconography. While I can certainly appreciate that one might have fond high school memories attached to these symbols, this does not mean that that these symbols magically lose their historical connections. To believe otherwise is to engage in a form of self-delusion. And, I am no outsider. I grew up in Vestavia. I graduated in '87. But, here is the real problem with the so-called "outsiders" argument: it incorrectly suggests that to stand up for inclusivity makes one an "outsider" at Vestavia Hills. If that position is accepted, it will make Vestavia Hills High School an "outsiders" to the rest of the civilized world; it will place VHHS on a tiny island and, regrettably, our fine school will not weather well the rising tide of inclusivity.

Chris Cochran more than 4 years ago

Thank you Chris

Eloquently stated.

Cindy more than 4 years ago