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Offensive school mascots somehow seem to get swept under the rug until the Internet gets hold of them, but there are still plenty of racist school traditions still prospering across the U.S. and around the world. The problem with high school is that the kids's brains don't work yet. It's true, there’s science that says so. Also, how else would you explain the following:

A school with a confederate flag proudly displayed as part of its tradition; a school whose sports teams wear the moniker "Orientals;" even "Dress Like a Mexican Day" lumped in as a spirit week activity. There's an argument to be made that as long as any culture or tradition is fair game as a subject of mockery, it's fair game. Then there's another line of reasoning that says: that sh*t's racist. 

What are the most racist high school traditions? There are plenty of offensive mascots in schools around the world and they, along with some insane school traditions, are highlighted on this list of offensive school traditions.

Bums Vs. Billionaires Spirit Week Theme

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Bums Vs. Billionaires is one of the spirit week themes at Plano East Senior High School in Texas, but some think that the students have gone too far. Kids have been dressing up like homeless people - complete with makeshift cardboard signs, tattered clothes, and dirt on their faces - and posting pictures of themselves on social media. Many believe that these students are making light out of the plight of urban homeless people, which is super not cool.  

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Mascots (Warriors, Indians, Cougars, Confederate Soldiers)

Let’s get this one out of the way, because everyone knows it’s coming: lots of high schools have some pretty nasty mascots. Hell, it’s not like the adult world is setting the best example, with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins, but doesn’t it kinda seem like this would be a great opportunity for the new generation to throw their parents’s mistakes right in their racist faces and not do exactly the same thing

Oddly enough, while those blatantly offensive mascots are just now being stopped, one Utah High School wasn’t allowed to change their mascot to the “Cougars” because some women might be offended. Most likely the mothers of most of the football team.

But best of all has got to be the Hays High School “Rebel” mascot, which is modeled after a Confederate Soldier and is frequently adorned with the Confederate States of America Battle Flag. Do you think the cheerleaders are dressed like slaves? Come on, you can’t tell me no one at that school has thought of that.

Anaheim’s Canyon High School Cancels “Dress Like a Mexican” Day

Anaheim Canyon High School in Anaheim, California, recently had to permanently cancel their annual “Dress Like a Mexican” day for their students because of course, they’re going to have to do that. How did this get to last so long? Standard practice among high schools when scheduling their year’s events should be to say “how would this look as a headline?” Or, better yet, “does this happen to resemble any hate crimes?” If their answers include things like “well” or “I mean” or “but,” then they should have to just stop and reflect on their priorities.

What purpose did this initially serve? How do Mexicans dress, anyway? Am I this out of the loop on stereotypes? All the kids in these picture look like they’re celebrating “Dress like Totally Normal High School Kids Day.” Have the Latino people claimed cut-off jeans and s**t-brown t-shirts? Is that their thing now? It’s somehow more offensive when people are trying to be racist but can’t even seem to figure out how it works.

“Oriental” School Nickname Gotten Rid Of

In Akron, Ohio, the East High School was found to be using “Oriental” as their nickname, (presumably because they’re the “East” High School) and have a Mascot of Chang the Dragon. If we’re being charitable, we can assume it’s because they’re unaware that the term is considered racist by the Asian community, and if we’re not being charitable, we can assume it’s because they’re all a bunch of naval-gazing racist c*ckbags.

Somewhere along the line, a whole bunch of people just totally missed the idea that it’s not okay to use other people’s cultures as a commodity.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School and the Tradition of Sexual Harrassment

At Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Ladue, Missouri, there’s a tradition (extending back an estimated thirty years) of high school boys compiling a list of all their female classmates and ranking them by all the stupid s**t that high school boys would use to rank high school girls.

This isn’t upsetting so much because it happened, but because of how not surprising this story is. You’ve probably already lost interest in the whole point of this entry, because high school boys do this kind of stuff all the time. But whatever, boys will be boys, right?

No. This kind of crap contributes to the endless cycle of rape culture, and it’s gotta stop being okay to let this s**t fly just because “boys will be boys.”

South Garland High School’s Confederate Flag

There’s this weird philosophy in the South that when they show the Stars and Bars they’re celebrating tradition – which I guess they are, but the delusion comes from the idea that they’re celebrating a tradition separate from the tradition of owning people and throwing militaristic temper tantrums.

“Blah blah blah economic and social issues aggregated to cause...” – sorry, boys, you only get to provide three-fifths of your counter-argument before I cut you off.

The point that these a**holes are missing is that this is the goddamn Confederate flag:

What you’re more familiar with is the Confederate battle flag. You’ve never seen the actual Confederate flag before because the type of a**holes who like to express themselves with this flag aren’t actually interested in any kind of “expression” other than “I like to be insensitive for the sake of controversy; give me attention right now!” If they actually wanted their flag to be a symbol of secession, they would use the secession flag:

All the “Stars and Bars” symbolizes is the fact that, for a while, American soldiers were killing other American soldiers on American soil because one side thought it was cool to own, rape, and abuse people, and the other side thought that was kinda f**ked up. This is roughly analogous to memorializing September 11th by finding an unconscious fire-fighter in a hospital and taking a s**t on her chest.

It’s absurd that we still have to remind people that it’s not cool to force everyone to be just like you for no reason. When there’s a bunch of ways to do something and the only group of people who claim to have found the best way are the only group to have never tried it any other way, you can be pretty sure they’re not the ones to listen to.

Memorial High School Has Rape-Themed Mascot T-Shirts

Maybe it’s because of a conflict of interest, but I actually think this is kinda beautiful. See, when I’m writing these, it’s not like I just call upon my encyclopedic knowledge of insane bulls**t and mold the best examples into Voltrons of comedy lists. There is actually a lot of time spent researching, and one point in my research for an article about offensive school traditions led me to find a school that has a tradition of printing t-shirts with cartoon pictures of rape on them. That’s like a goddamn goldmine of horrific bulls**t.

I can’t imagine anything better for this article. This image is the perfect storm of depicting something horrific in such a jovial and inauspicious way that it’s tricking otherwise benign children into becoming soldiers of misogyny. Somewhere, right now, a 14-year-old boy is being peer-pressured into finding this shirt funny, and his life and the life of every person he will ever interact with from now on is being made just that much worse because of it. This is like finding the guy whose junk spontaneously generated the first strain of a vicious strain future-herpes that ends up consuming the entire world.

Also, what adult would ever approve this shirt to be printed for a high school?

“1, 2, 3, N---er!”

You have to read slowly to let this one sink in. Just last year, it was discovered that the girls’s basketball team for Kenmore High School near Buffalo, New York, had a decades old tradition of, before beginning games, sticking their hands in a circle and chanting “one two three N*****r!”

It wasn’t until a black student joined the team (and the teamed continued to perform the ritual without her) that any attention was brought to it, or anyone even considered to tell the school officials.

The excuse the students gave is exactly what you would expect: “We’re not being racist,” they said, “it’s just a word.”