Opponents of UTRGV Vaqueros mascot say fight isn TMt over

Image via @ElCaballoBucky on Twitter

Opponents of the Vaqueros mascot have taken to social media, and have even created an online petition, which has already gathered thousands of signatures.

According to a recent VALLEYCENTRAL.COM poll, some 76 percent of participants oppose the Vaqueros mascot. Social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook blew up with the news. The majority against the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UT-RGV) are using the Vaqueros as their mascot.

Vaqueros is Spanish for the word "cowboy.

The mascot is stirring up a variety of memes and satire photos.

Although the University of Texas System TMs Board of Regents voted to approve the mascot, opponents said the fight isn't over.

Their online petition already has more than 6,000 signatures in about 24 hours TM time.

Petition organizer Alex del Barrio said the signatures will be delivered to the Board of Regents.

They don't think this was the right choice for this university, Del Barrio told Action 4 News via Skype. They don't think that their voices were heard and I think that's getting Guy Bailey's regime on this UTRGV off on the wrong foot."

Del Barrio said they want administrators to reconsider the name of the mascot, which they said is already receiving ridicule with racist overtones.

Texas State Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), whose district includes the college campus, also voiced his opposition to the mascot.

University of Texas System administrators are standing behind the decision.

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