The Winner is ... .the Ole Miss Rebel Black Bear

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

"Why a rebel black bear?"

That's the question many Ole Miss fans are asking. The school's old mascot, Colonel Reb, was retired from the sidelines in 2003 because of the perception he represented Old South elements.

After months of voting, Colonel Rebel has been replaced with a rebel black bear.

University employees, alumni, and season ticket holders had the chance to vote on the final three mascots. And with the official one unveiled, some football fans say they believe change is not all that bad.

"I really don't think it matters at all. I don't see why it would," said Fernando Mejia. "A lot of teams have changed their mascots and it really shouldn't make a difference. I think change is good."

Try telling that to Ole Miss fans like Debra Allen and Sarah Pearson. They say Colonel Rebel represents school tradition.

"I just don't understand why they're doing it," said Allen. "We've had the same rebel mascot for years and years now. So why all of a sudden go from what it has been to this new mascot? I just don't understand."

"I think, you know, when you think of Ole Miss, you think of the rebel," said Pearson. "So, I don't like it at all,l but I will keep cheering for them."

And although Allen isn't a fan of the new mascot either, she intends to cheer on the team as well.

Fan or not, 2003 was the end for Colonel Rebel and 2010 is the beginning for the rebel black bear.


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  • by straight talker on Oct 29, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    ssooooo.. All you have to do to get sensitive liberals and blacks to approve of an old south icon is cook good fried chicken? So should Ole Miss just improve their cafeteria or is KFC next??
  • by Southerner by birth Location: South on Oct 18, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    Col Reb doesn't represent slavery any more than Walt Disney represents witchcraft. Yes, he had a lot of animated movies about witches, but Disney didn't promote witches. Col Reb represented a time in our history when our country was divided & the south seceded from the north. There were many issues involved & slavery was only a by-issue of the agriculture/manufacturing/economic issue. If anyone needs to drop it & move on, it's the people of color, who have evolved from colored to Negro to black to African-American back to people of color, so it's come full circle. It's not all about them. It's not all about race, but they've made it all about them, so they are the more racist. Forty years after Charles Manson, his prophesy has come true, it is almost a full-blown race war, but he didn't start it or bring it to fruition. Nevertheless, it is growing, not subsiding, which it should be. Everyone shouting peace EXCEPT the people of color. I have witnessed this up close & personal with the NAACP.
  • by Southerner by birth on Oct 18, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    In response to: Sick on Oct 14, 2010 at 10:22 PM "I'm so sick of the stupid narrow minded south!!!!" I'm so glad you don't live here or near my children & grandchildren. Also, I've lived here almost all of my nearly 60 years & I cannot remember Ole Miss being anything other than Col. Reb. He IS the institution. I'm a USM graduate & have taken courses at MSU. I've been told that the golden eagles changed just before I went to Southern, but I don't have any beef with that. This is purely a racial change & YES it was rammed down the throats of every Southerner who believes in institutions. And, "SICK" I'm NOT stupid or narrow-minded, but I've met a lot of stupid narrow-minded people like YOU! Of course you're speaking rhetoric that's being spouted by certain PC/special interest groups. And, people are NOT African-American unless they were BORN in Africa!!!. If that being the case, I'm (Anglo) Irish, English, German, Native American (Choctaw) American. See how stupid that sounds???
  • by l M __ __ ! on Oct 18, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    It's funny how all of these people are so upset over a freaking mascot! Get Real! Life will go on, start looking for one. Funny how most of the people who complain have nothing to say nor puts in the work to make a difference until decisions have been made. If you didnt stand up before now sit down & shut up. Sheesh!
  • by hate the bear 2 on Oct 17, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    @james i think the ny times has it wrong. it was a question on the game show jeopardy not long ago. according the the game show, the slaves called plantation owner master and his wife would have been called ole miss.
  • by col. reb Location: newton co. on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    Instead of bears, why not just use the black panther mascot....I mean, wouldn't that be more politically correct? They would be getting rid of a shameful figure like Col. Reb, and at the same time, be honoring an upstanding group of (real)racists, like the black panther party. This is an absolute disgrace! I am through with this school...will be interesting to see how much "black bear" memoribilia is sold.
  • by James on Oct 16, 2010 at 07:42 AM
    Today's 'New York Times' has an interesting article on this matter. According to the article, "Ole Miss" derived from the name of a black house maid, someone suggested Ole Miss should be changed to PCU--Politically Correct University. Should I find offesnsive' the squalid 'Dogpatch' like cartoons, caricatures, TV shows and jokes about Southern white people, derisive mimicking of our accent in movies and on TV, nicknames like redneck, bubba, cracker, hick, hillbilly, southern white trash and other uncomplimentary nicknames? No political correctness no-no there, bub.
  • by Hate the bear on Oct 16, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Best comment I have heard: "Will it stay Hotty Toddy, or will it change to Fuzzy Wuzzy!"
  • by Just sayin... Location: Meridian on Oct 16, 2010 at 03:01 AM
    The MAJORITY of the nation didn't want the stimulus package, but it was rammed down our throats. The MAJORITY of the nation didn't want the awful healthcare package, but it was rammed down our throats. The MAJORITY of people north of Meridian did not want to be annexed into the city, but it was rammed down our throats. The MAJORITY of Ole Miss folks didn't want a mascot change, but it was rammed down our throats. Is it just me, or does anyone else see a pattern here???
  • by Sick too on Oct 15, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Sick- my,my,my how your ignorance shows. Maybe before you continue your righteous indignation of the south, you should do a small amount of research. You see the south wasn't the only part of the US with slaves. Also are you aware that most northern states had laws regarding blacks as well? Laws such as they were not allowed to even enter their state or laws that if they did, they could only pass through and not be there more than two weeks? Yeah I didn't think so.
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