Students and alumni at a Richmond, Va. high school are looking to bring back the schools “Rebel Man” Confederate soldier mascot, according to the Washington Post. Douglas S. Freeman High School stopped using the solder clad in a gray uniform as its mascot at games years ago, but the school’s athletic teams still play as the “Rebels.”
Alecsys Brown, a senior at Freeman who helped start the petition, said that the mascot reflects the school’s history, and argued that it isn’t racist.
“Since Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, a Southern soldier really represents us as a school,” Brown told the Washington Post. “This Rebel Man does not represent racism or slavery.”
The Confederacy represents racism and slavery, you maroon.