It has been a tradition. Coachella Valley High School’s mascot is an “Arab”:
The caricature adorns school buildings and signs. The library is decorated with cartoony Middle Eastern characters riding a large book like a magic carpet. At halftime of football games, a dastardly, big-headed mascot watches a girl in harem attire do the “Genie Dance.”
Just another day in post-racial America, I guess. Story from Indian Country Today.