Amherst College faculty votes to drop its controversial Lord Jeff mascot

Lord Jeff is believed to have once given blankets containing the smallpox virus to Native Americans.

A student wore a shirt depicting the controversy over Amherst College’s Lord Jeff mascot. —Nathaniel Brooks / The New York Times

Students and faculty at Amherst College are ready to ditch the school’s long-time mascot.

The unofficial mascot at Amherst College, Lord Jeff, is believed to have once given blankets containing the smallpox virus to Native Americans, reports The Boston Globe.

His full name is Lord Jeffrey Amherst and he commanded the British forces in North America during the French and Indian War.

Students at the college are potesting the “inherent racist nature of the unofficial mascot,’’ reports the Globe. A group of faculty at the college voted this week to drop the mascot, which has been used since 1906.

The faculty vote was unofficial, but the college’s trustees will “take this information into account at their meeting in January,’’ college spokeswoman Caroline Hanna told the Globe.

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