Missouri Town Calls for End of U. of Kansas’ Jayhawk Mascot

The Border War, which tore apart Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War, continues. In the latest skirmish, the government of Osceola, Mo., has passed a resolution urging the University of Kansas to abandon its Jayhawk mascot, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. The Missouri town was sacked in 1861 by a pro-Union paramilitary group, one of many episodes of violence that climaxed in the sack of Lawrence, Kan., in 1863 by pro-slavery raiders. The men who attacked Osceola were known as Jayhawkers, and the Osceola Board of Alderman assailed “the celebration of this murderous gang of terrorists by an institution of ‘higher education’ in such a brazen and malicious manner.” A University of Kansas spokesman replied: “A Jayhawk is a blue bird with a red head and a big yellow beak that wears boots. It would be hard to confuse it with anyone with terrorist intent.”

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