CSU Long Beach Mascot Prospector Pete Gets the Boot

Prospector PeteCal State Long Beach is sending Prospector Pete packing.

The towering bronze statue that sits in the plaza outside the liberal arts building soon will be relocated to a less prominent place on campus as the university officially moves to retire the mascot that some say represents the state’s history of racism and genocide against Native Americans.

The university’s announcement Thursday comes on the heels of a decades-long debate over the suitability of the “49ers” image, which pays homage to the state’s gold rush, on a college campus that has increasingly welcomed a more culturally diverse student population in recent years.

“As our diversity grew and more voices were heard, we came to know that the 1849 California gold rush was a time in history when the indigenous peoples of California endured subjugation, violence and threats of genocide,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement. “Today, the spirit of inclusivity is reflected in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community. Today’s Beach is not connected to that era.”

The Prospector Pete statue, formally named “The Forty-Niner Man,” evolved from the creation of the campus in 1949 and founding President Pete Peterson’s reference to having “struck the gold of education” by establishing the college. However, students see it largely as a commemoration of prospectors and their participation in an uglier side of the state’s history. …

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Comments

  1. The snowflakes are melting again…

    Trigger warning!!!!
    Safe space!!!

    Unless they can prove that someone directly connected with the University was involved in some heinous act or crime, this is all just more and more virtue signaling and pandering to the social justice warriors who think they’re getting their way by everybody caving to their politically correct, unfounded whining….

    STFU and pass your classes, snowflakes….

    It’ll be interesting to see what virtue signaling, politically correct mascot is chosen to replace…

    Just go with “The Dirtbags”…. it seems appropriate….

  2. CA has ceased having a system of Higher Education.

  3. Open season one day a year on liberals would solve a lot of these problems.

  4. these idiots think that everyone has to agree with there world view. this happened over a hundred years ago. Just because offended by something does not give you the right to force somebody to change this. If you don’t like it then you can always go to different school. Sorry there is no constitutional right to not be offended. It was there when you started class It should be there when you leave.

  5. Socialist leftists continue rewriting history. And the beat goes on…..

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