Activists are trying to get Louisiana State University (LSU) to change its tiger mascot, claiming that the tiger is “the most prevalent Confederate symbol in the United States.”
According to a change.org petition, “Change the Racist Mascot of LSU!”, it is “incredibly insulting” for black students to attend an institution with a tiger mascot.
“It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed,” the petition says. “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.”
The Daily Caller reports:
LSU coined its tiger mascot in 1895, deriving it from the name used by Louisiana’s infantry in the Civil War. The school claimed that these troops were “known for their hard fighting.” The petition author, however, asserts that the Civil War infantry treated slaves violently and uses this argument as justification to change the mascot.
“It’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people,” the anonymous author says. “They’ve never been in a cage!”
The petition currently has over 400 signatures.