Back in February the University of Mississippi voted to get rid of their mascot, Racist Treasonous Anachronism-Man Colonel Rebel, and replace him with something a little less offensive. Well Ole Miss has chosen his replacement. According to a piece in Gawker by Adrian Chen:

Rebel Black Bear won 62 percent of the vote, beating out the “Rebel Land Shark” and something called “Hotty Toddy” (“a gray human-like character”.)

In a highly emotional vote, students have picked “Rebel Black Bear,” as their new mascot. So now it’s a bear fighting for the right to own slaves?

While the new mascot is at least not now not obviously a slave-owning southern planter, he’s still a rebel. And what exactly is he supposed to be rebelling against except, well, the federal government’s insistence that he can’t own slaves?

See image below for the new, very specific guidelines about how the rebel bear will dress himself.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer