The Daily 49er, the student newspaper of Cal State Long Beach, publishes an editorial on the forgotten history of the school’s mascot, Prospector Pete.
The paper writes, “Here on campus, a symbol of California’s horridly racist past dances around in costume. To many people of color, the Prospector Pete mascot and the ominous miner statue on the upper campus, combined with the “49er” school spirit iconography — emblazoned on everything from coffee mugs to our beloved sports teams — represent a violent history. During the Gold Rush, Anglo forty-niners wiped out 80 percent of the American Indian population.”
Read the editorial Here and give us your opinion.