A group of liberal students at Louisiana State University are now demanding LSU abandon its 122-year-old tiger mascot, Breitbart News is reporting. Why? Because, states their petition, the animal represents “white privilege” and “racism.”
The LSU Tigers were named, in part, after the Louisiana Tigers, a decorated fighting regiment of Irishmen during the Civil War.
But even though the soldiers were not slave owners and fought against slave owners from Union states, the students condemn their legacy and the legacy of the school’s mascot.
The tiger was named mascot “during the height of the Jim Crow South,” screams the document. Yeah, along with every other school mascot named at that time.
“It’s also cruel to cage a wild animal (the actual tiger, who attends sporting events and is a bred and tamed circus animal, not a wild one) for the amusement of privileged white people,” states the petition.
No one from the group, it should be noted, has volunteered to personally release the tiger.