SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – San Antonio College is looking for a new mascot. The College Council, which is comprised of college administrators, department directors, faculty chairs and program coordinators has voted to remove the Ranger mascot.
“As San Antonio College prepares to celebrate it 95th anniversary later this year, it has made a historic decision to remove the Ranger as the mascot for the campus,” read a statement from the College.
The recommendation was forwarded to SAC President Dr. Robert Vela, who approved the change.
“This is a historic day! The debate is over and San Antonio College has gone on record as being inclusive, diverse, empowered, decisive, true to its values – and committed to doing the right thing,” said Dr. Vela. “We’ve taken a great leap forward and now we can begin the process of fashioning a new mascot identity that reflects the very best qualities of our SAC community.”
For more than a year, groups on campus have held discussions on the fate of the Ranger as the school mascot. Earlier this year, SAC conducted a survey on the mascot asking students, faculty, staff, and the community whether to keep it or remove it from campus. The majority supported removing the Ranger.
Those who pushed for a new mascot say the Texas Rangers have a history of oppression and violence against Mexicans, Mexican Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans.
“Much of this history is only now emerging causing a reexamination of the Rangers,” read a statement on SAC’s website.