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A.B. Miller High in Fontana unmasks new mascot, sheds Confederate imagery
The Sun/The Press-Enterprise/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/Redlands Daily Facts
March 22, 2024

Work by James Fenelon, CSUSB professor of sociology, was cited in an article about a Fontana high school revamping its mascot to shed any imagery related to the Confederacy. The use of Native American and Confederate imagery as mascots is a 20th century phenomenon that started with the rise of sports teams in the United States, according to Fenelon, who is also director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at Cal State San Bernardino.

The use of the imagery for mascots allows for society to reframe history, according to Fenelon, whose 2009 book, “Redskins?: Sport Mascots, Indian Nations and White Racism,” explores the issue.

Characterizations of Native American figures framing them as warriors or fighters perpetuates stereotypes that come from colonialism and the subjection of Native peoples, Fenelon said.

“It’s a replication of a set of imagery and names and terms, which place Native peoples in the original savage discourse,” Fenelon said.

Multimedia Mini Show shines at Redlands Art Association’s gallery
Redlands Community News
March 15, 2024

Edward Gomez, assistant professor of art at Cal State San Bernardino, was the judge for the juried 55th Annual Multi Media Mini Show, which is now on display at the Redlands Art Association through April 5.

“He was surprised with the quality and versatility of some of the artists,” Sandy Davis said Gomez commented when he juried the show. Davies is the event coordinator at the association. “He was very pleased,” she added.

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