• Richard Easson

Woke Mob Forces School to Reconsider Decision to Change Mascot to a Tree

The leftist woke mob is at it again, this time leading a Portland, Oregon high school to reconsider changing its mascot to a tree due to racist connotations.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School in Portland is named after a Pulitzer Prize-winning African American journalist who wrote extensively about lynching that took place at the turn of the 20th Century. Just as the Portland Public Schools Board of Education was going to vote on the new mascot Tuesday, Director Michelle DePass raised concerns that a tree as a mascot may invoke connotations with lynching.

The evergreen tree was the frontrunner in a mascot survey submitted to students and staff in February.

Despite DePass’s concerns, others thought of the tree as a symbol of strength and beauty. Ellen Whatmore, a teacher and member of the mascot committee said that 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."

She added, "They provide shelter and sustenance. They have histories that preclude us and will continue in perpetuity after we are no more.”

DePass asked the committee last week "I’m wondering if there was any concern with the imagery there, in using a tree…as our mascot? I think everyone comes with blind spots and I think that might’ve been a really big blind spot."

No, Michelle, you’re just being a nuisance.

Another member of the committee, Matrin Osborne, told the school board that the evergreen tree was meant to symbolize “a tree of life,” not “a tree of death,” and it has "nothing to do with the horrible history of lynching in the United States."

The vote for the new mascot has been postponed until the committee’s next meeting.

With this much criticism of a tree of a mascot, good luck, Stanford University. It doesn’t seem like your logo is going to last long.

Just to show you the stupidity in deeming trees as racist, even though the thought of it does a great job itself, trees haven’t been the only inanimate objects being called racist. Here’s a quick list of things the woke mob is saying we should think are racist too.

  • You should stop using Tinder, OKCupid or any of your other dating apps to find love, because the woke left says those are racist.

  • Tiki Bars are racist, because they culturally appropriate.

  • Fossil fuels are racist (surely proponents of the Green New Deal love this one).

And the list goes on, and on, and on, and on. I’m sure if you Google “things that are racist,” the LA Times and Rolling Stone Magazine will be right there to tell you exactly what’s racist. Yep, this is how stupid the woke mob is and they will continue to be so. I wouldn’t doubt it if they eventually start ripping down MLK statues. And until companies and institutions start saying “no” to the absurd leftist demands, expect the list of things deemed “racist” to grow.