Saturday, August 19, 2017
I Am Not Making This Up: USC's Mascot Comes Under Scrutiny for Having a Name Similar to Robert E. Lee's Horse
At a rally earlier this week, according to the USC student newspaper the Daily Trojan, Saphia Jackson, co-director of the USC Black Student Assembly, reminded students that “white supremacy hits close to home” and referenced the name of the Trojans' mascot.
Gen. Robert E. Lee's favorite horse was Traveller, which is similar to the name of the USC horse mascot, Traveler.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a USC spokesman pointed to a history of Traveler on USC’s website when asked about the name’s origin.
“USC’s mascot horse is a symbol of ancient Troy. Its rider, with costume and sword, is a symbol of a Trojan warrior,” the final paragraph said. “The name Traveler, spelled with one ‘l,’ is a common name among horses. . . . USC’s Traveler is and has always been a proud symbol of Troy. There is no truth to any other claims or rumors about its name.”
Lee's horse was named Traveller with two Ls.
According to Pat Saukko DeBernardi, widow of the owner of the original horse named Traveler when it started as a mascot at USC 56 years ago, “Over at USC they're nonpolitical about their horse.”
Ms. Jackson did not discuss if she planned to change her last name because it is the same as the Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson.
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