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Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:10 AM

New Mascot Stirs Controversy At San Antonio College

A group of students at San Antonio College is concerned their school’s new mascot reinforces racist stereotypes.

Antonio the Masked Ranger was introduced to students at a pep rally earlier this month wearing a black mask, red cape and black sombrero.

“What people are going to take away from this is that it's now some kind of Latino bandit,” said Nati Román, a Mexican American Studies major. “It kind of plays into those old stereotypes that were very prevalent in our media and Hollywood of the Mexican bandit.”

Román also serves as vice president of the student group Somos la Gente, which roughly translates to “We are the People.” The group is dedicated to offering a safe space for students of color.

Read more: https://www.tpr.org/post/new-mascot-stirs-controversy-san-antonio-college


San Antonio College President Robert Vela, right, poses for a photo with Antonio the Masked Ranger during a pep rally Oct. 9, 2019 introducing students to the mascot.
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TexasTowelie Nov 2019 OP
radical noodle Nov 2019 #1
brush Nov 2019 #4
brush Nov 2019 #2
stopdiggin Nov 2019 #3
mr_lebowski Nov 2019 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:21 AM

1. Looks more like Zorro to me

But maybe no one is as old as I am. Zorro was a good guy similar to the Lone Ranger who also wore a mask.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:52 AM

4. It's a horrible stereotype of a Mexican bandit. Shameful. And btw, the Lone Ranger was black.

The legend of the Lone Ranger in the movies, TV shows, books and comics was based on a Deputy US Marshall named Bass Reeves, a former Union soldier and once-enslaved black man.

Let’s take a look at what makes him a legend and most likely the inspiration for the “Lone Ranger.” Bass Reeves was an expert marksman, he rode a white or gray stallion, was “pressed and dressed” with a large hat that accentuated his 6’2” frame unless he was working in disguise. He also carried and handed out silver coins. These coins were used to ingratiate himself to the communities in which he worked collecting bounties. A visit from the real ‘Lone Ranger’ meant good fortune for the town as he was there to rid it of criminals. He also had a trusted Native American posse man and tracker as a companion. Lastly, many of the outlaws he apprehended ended up at a federal prison in Detroit, which is where the Lone Ranger radio originated in 1933 on WXYZ.

https://recollections.biz/blog/part-3-bass-reeves-the-real-lone-ranger/

One of the first of the deputies hired by Judge Parker's court was a former slave from Texas named Bass Reeves. It is believed that Reeves fought in the Indian Territory during the Civil War with the Union Indian brigades. Reeves was known as an expert with pistol and rifle, stood about six foot, two inches, weighed 180 pounds, and was said to have superhuman strength. Reeves had a reputation throughout the territory for his ability to catch outlaws that other deputies couldn't. He was known to work in disguise in order to get information and affect the arrest of fugitives he wanted to capture.

https://www.nps.gov/fosm/learn/historyculture/bass_reeves.htm

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-bassreeves/2/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:22 AM

2. That's horrible. It's a blatantly stereotypical image. Bet his nickname is "Chico" even.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:27 AM

3. awfully tricked out to be a bandit

methinks thou doth .....

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 02:55 AM

5. Agree ... when you think of 'Masked Rangers', you think Zorro & Lone Ranger ...

Both good guys ...

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