At present I sit at my desk with tears in my eyes and pleasure filling my coronary heart. At present marks some extent in Anaheim Excessive College historical past that proves that there are nonetheless those that love Anaheim, its historical past and who’ve retained true faculty spirit for his or her highschool.
Initially, for these college students who selected to vote to maintain the Anaheim Colonist title, in addition to the mascot, I wish to take this second to sincerely say “THANK YOU!!”
Thanks for listening to motive, for weighing out the information and for making your option to protect the college’s historical past. When the college determined a century in the past to make use of the Colonists (initially “Mom Colonists”) as their mascot, they did so with delight of their heritage.
The pioneers who got here to this space and constructed a proverbial paradise out of a dry desert. The onerous work that they broke their backs reaching, the values they held excessive and the power and dedication they needed to make one thing from nearly nothing was honored by the college the very day they selected the their mascot, in order that they’d always remember the place they got here from.
Thanks college students of Anaheim Excessive College, who’ve honored a century’s outdated choice, and in essence you too are honoring our founders now as properly. The time period Colonist is just not a foul factor. It by no means has been. And with the passing of time, and every class that comes and goes, it doesn’t matter what cultural background it’s possible you’ll be, if your loved ones or ancestors got here from one other place to make a greater life for themselves, they too are Colonists. Be pleased with that. Maintain your head up excessive. As a result of there may be nothing to be ashamed of by that.
A gaggle of individuals had selected to demonize the very which means of the phrase, when if actually researched completely you could find that the phrase derived from the Latin “colere” merely means: “to inhabit, have a tendency or guard.” It additionally means “a gaggle of individuals of 1 nationality or ethnic group dwelling in a overseas metropolis or nation.” There was by no means any point out of oppression, racism, genocide or theft in any of these definitions. Somebody simply determined to make up their very own interpretation of the phrase to go well with an agenda.
I’m completely satisfied to see that their motion did not work. However we can not quit, as a result of they’ll attempt once more down the street. They all the time do. What we will do now’s educate others on the reality about Anaheim historical past and the Colonists. To shine a lightweight on the information, as a result of the extra knowledgeable an individual is of the information the much less seemingly they’ll soar to conclusions primarily based on conjecture and opinions.
If you need to know extra concerning the true historical past behind the Colonists title, please learn my weblog right here: https://anaheimhistory.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-origins-of-anaheim-high-schools.html
I hope that this small victory in the present day exhibits that not everybody believes on this “cancel tradition” society. Actually, I believe persons are getting bored with it as a result of should you enable others to seek out fault in a single particular person, place or factor, earlier than you understand it, one can find fault in all the things. Then the place will that go away us?
I could not be extra pleased with the scholars in the present day, and their option to protect Anaheim Excessive College’s namesake. Thanks once more, you made historical past in the present day as you had been saving it!
J’aime Rubio (Copyright 11/10/2021)
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