A high school in Portland, Oregon was all set to adopt a brand new mascot, but the voting was put on hold after someone, likely a person without the full functionality of their mental faculties, said that trees might be racist.
No, that’s not sarcasm or satire. This is a legitimate story. You can’t make this level of insanity up, folks. You just can’t.
According to WND, Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School in the city of Portland, previously known as Woodrow Wilson High School until just a few months ago, decided to change the name of the school as part of the radical left’s push to get rid of any sort of white historical figure from the public square after the death of George Floyd last May.
Apparently, the city’s social justice activists didn’t feel that Wilson met the criteria for being progressive enough during his time in office, which was a century ago, so they renamed the school to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who helped to found the NAACP.
“The newly minted Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School’s mascot, a Trojan, is also being canceled. Evidently, Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and the mythical and fierce defenders of Troy are also problematic,” the report said.
And now, due to the extreme “wokeness” of the city, there’s been significant infighting about what’s going to replace the mascot, which was supposed to be a tree. They were all set to adopt the “Evergreens” as the mascot, but now they are concerned about trees triggering people because they could, somehow, remind someone of lynching.
“Evergreens are characterized by the life-giving force of their foliage, the strength of their massive trunk, and the depth of their roots — in an individual tree and as a forest of trees,” teacher Ellen Whatmore, who is a member of the mascot renaming committee at the school, stated as she read the resolution. “They provide shelter and sustenance. They have histories that preclude us and will continue in perpetuity after we are no more.”
“The Pacific Northwest is associated with its vast and beautiful forests. As challenging as it might be to imagine an ‘Evergreen’ striking fear into the hearts of sports opponents in the field of play, at least this school would no longer be without an identity,” WND said.
Then someone happened to point out that the trees might be racist because they rise “concerns about potential connotations of lynching,” reported Courtney Vaughn of the Tribune.
“But just before the Portland Public Schools Board of Education’s vote to approve the new mascot Tuesday, March 30, Director Michelle DePass shared community concerns of an unwanted correlation between Ida B. Wells — the historic Black activist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who documented and crusaded against lynching — and a tree which could conjure up reminders of hanging people with ropes from branches,” Vaughn said in her piece.
“Lynching trees typically are not evergreens,” Martin Osborne, an African-American member of the mascot renaming committee, correctly pointed out to all in attendance.
It’s absolutely ludicrous that this is even a thing in the 21st century. Folks, people are going to look back at our culture from the future and laugh at how nuts our society was for entertaining this insanity.
Here is a suggestion for the school to consider as a mascot. They should call themselves brain dead.
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