Local Arabs respond to mascot controversy

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - While a Southern California high school has come under fire for its mascot, members of the Dearborn Arab community say the caricature should be celebrated.

"I saw the Arab mascot, and I said ' Wow, this is very unique,'" Majed Moughni told Action News. "You've got a town, a high school, that is actually saying "Go Arabs, go!"

Moughni runs Dearborn Area Community Member, an activist group, and says the Coachella Valley High School's mustached-mascot pays homage to Southern California's rich ties to the Arab world.

Others, like Amani Dabaja, disagree. She believes the school's halftime performance crosses a line. It depicts the Arab man dancing with a belly dancer. "We do not want to be stereotyped as one image," Dabaja said.

She supports the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which is circulating a petition to have the district reconsider the mascot.


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