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Traveler, USC's mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee's horse

Traveler, USC's mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee's horse | 18 Aug 2017 | When Richard Saukko galloped his chalk-white Arabian horse named Traveler around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum almost 56 years ago, it was supposed to be a one-time stunt. Instead, the brief performance before USC kicked off its season against Georgia Tech turned into one of college football's iconic traditions. A succession of white horses named Traveler have followed -- Traveler IX debuts this fall...But during a rally earlier this week to show solidarity in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., a USC campus group linked the name to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose favorite horse was Traveller. At the rally, according to the student newspaper the Daily Trojan, Saphia Jackson, co-director of the USC Black Student Assembly, asked students not to be quiet, and reminded that "white supremacy hits close to home" and referenced the name of the Trojans mascot.