San Antonio College Removes Oppressive Ranger Mascot

San Antonio College Removes Oppressive Ranger Mascot

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San Antonio College’s Gnome Ranger, left,  with student Esau Perez. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

San Antonio College has made a historic decision to remove the Ranger as the mascot for the campus.

The decision was made during a special session of the College Council, a group consisting of college administrators, department directors, faculty chairs, and program coordinators.

After listening to speakers who registered to be heard during the special session, the College Council unanimously approved a recommendation to “immediately stop using the name, symbol, logo, and image of the “Ranger” – as the college official mascot and begin a college wide search for a new San Antonio College mascot.”

The recommendation was forwarded to SAC President Dr. Robert Vela, who immediately approved the measure.

For more than a year, groups on campus have held discussions on the fate of the Ranger as the school mascot. Earlier this year, SAC conducted a survey on the mascot asking students, faculty, staff, and the community whether to keep it or remove it from campus. The majority of people supported removing the Ranger.

For generations, the Rangers were an oppressive force that used violence against Mexicans, Mexican Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans. Much of this history is only now emerging causing a reexamination of the Rangers.

The Ranger has been associated with San Antonio College (SAC) since 1926 when the college newspaper was originally dubbed the “Junior Ranger.”

During the 2013-14 academic year, the “Gnome Ranger” idea was developed with student and employee input.

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