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Portland school postpones vote on changing mascot to ‘evergreens’ over racism concerns

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School located in Portland, Oregon. (Google Maps)

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

By Bradford Betz

Fox News

A Portland high school has postponed changing its mascot to an evergreen tree after a committee member raised concerns about its possible connotations to lynching.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School adopted its namesake earlier this year after the Pulitzer Prize-winning African American journalist who extensively documented lynching at the turn of the 20th century, the Portland Tribune reported.

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