LSU named the tiger as its mascot back in 1895. They took the tiger symbol from one of the state’s hardest fighting civil war battalions known as the “Louisiana Tigers.” Wheat’s Louisiana Tigers became one of the Confederate Army’s most celebrated infantry units during the civil war. It was often employed as the Confederacy’s shock troops. They struck fear in their opponents.
“Louisiana State University named their mascot the Tigers, and they named it during the height of Jim Crow South. This was a time when black men feared for their lives, and were treated as sub human. This symbol is the most prevalent Confederate symbol in the United States. These powerful white males choose the Tiger as a symbol to honor a Confederate regiment called Louisiana’s Tigers. They were known for their propensity for violence on and off the battlefield. They were just as violent to the black slaves they owned, and later even more violent once those slaves were set free. It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend a school that honors Confederate militantism. It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed.” – petition
The petition also seeks to remove the Tiger that is housed on campus in a 3 million dollar habitat. It claims the tiger is kept there for the enjoyment of white people.
Not everyone agrees….
Several students took to the petitions comment section to voice their disgust:
“The author of this petition (an alleged college student forced to attend the flagship university of Louisiana) didn’t even bother to check Wikipedia for basic facts. The Louisiana Tigers were not slave owners. They were the poorest Irish immigrants who performed such backbreaking and dangerous manual labor that the slave owners of the time didn’t even want their slaves to do it because their lives were considered more valuable.”
“I am so sick of people getting their feelings hurt over our history and the past! Grow up, get a job, and support our Country instead of trying to tear it down! My LSU Tiger decor will expand for sure now.”
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