Rugby Emblem Raises Race Issues in South Africa

The South African rugby club decides to change its mascot due to the sport's racially charged history.

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What comes to mind when seeing the bald eagle? The United States, I’m sure. Patriotism? Probably. An endangered species? Maybe. But, thoughts of a racially divided history? I doubt it. South African leaders are debating the decision to change the country’s rugby team emblem, the Springbok. This deer-like animal symbolizes grace and athleticism for the now-integrated rugby club. But, for some it is emblematic of Apartheid and the historically white-dominated sport. In the 16 years since the end of Apartheid, South Africa has come a long way in correcting their past. But, to me, this is a bit overboard. I'm sure, as Desmond Tutu said on the issue, that there are "better things to fight for."

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