“The world needs more cowboys,” the University of Wyoming says in a new marketing slogan. But apparently not everyone agrees. The slogan has drawn backlash from critics, including faculty members and Native American groups, who call the catchphrase sexist, racist and counterproductive to university recruitment — because it excludes women and people of color, Reuters reported. “Honestly, I thought it was a joke at first,” associate professor Ellen Currano told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “I thought it was a joke. And then I looked it up on the university web page and saw that no, this was, in fact, serious.” The university’s mascot is a “cowboy” riding a bucking horse with hat in hand. But Darrell Hutchinson, a cultural specialist, told Reuters that people who do not fit the stereotypical image of a cowboy – “a white man with a wide-brimmed hat riding the range on horseback” – are not made to feel welcome. “If you’re not a white person, and especially if you’re an Indian, it would make you feel out of place — it wouldn’t make you feel too good about yourself,” said Hutchinson, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming. But university officials in Laramie defended the tagline, which they said was created by a Colorado-based marketing firm. “In a vacuum, the term ‘cowboy’ appears gender- and perhaps race-specific, but in the context of the branding campaign it is connected to images and words that show our cowboys are diverse, of every sex and background,” university spokesman Chad Baldwin said, according to Reuters. He said the university wants to “throw away” the stereotype of cowboys, updating what it means and looks like to be one. “A cowboy is not what you are, but who you are,” Baldwin said. The campaign cost $500,000 and is part of a more than $1.4 million investment to advertise the university, located around 50 miles northwest of Cheyenne. Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, said ranchers are worried the dispute may cast “aspersions on a time-honored way of life and work,” according to Reuters. “We are proud of the true image of the real cowboy or cowgirl, often of very diverse race or ethnicity, riding the range on a well-groomed horse while sporting a cowboy hat, chaps, spurs and a rope,” he said in a statement. Wyoming, the so-called Cowboy State, hosts the university’s sports teams, also called the Cowboys; a cowboy mascot named Pistol Pete also appears at games.
The whole controversy is beyond silly.. This is what happens when bed-wetting, whining, liberals are out looking to find some reason to feel victimized. It’s political correctness gone crazy. Clearly these idiots who are whining about this haven’t been to Cheyenne Frontier Days; one of the biggest rodeo events in the country. There are people of all ages, genders, and yes…ethnicities. Good on the folks at the Univ of Wyoming for sticking to their guns, and blowing these idiots off.. Unreal..
Nearly 220 Texas school districts allow school staff to be armed for defense of themselves and their students. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the exact number of school districts allowing armed staff sits at 217. At the beginning of February there were just over 170 Texas districts allowing armed staff, but that number grew as district after district responded to Parkland and other school shootings by changing policies to allow staff to defend their students. The 217 school districts that allow armed staff represent 21 percent of Texas’s 1,023 independent school districts. That is 21 percent or just over one in five. Texas implemented their armed staff policy in the months after the heinous December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School attack. In that attack a man entered the school with stolen guns and spent over nine minutes shooting innocents without any armed response. The policy adopted by Texas “allows school districts to arm school employees and created an additional category of a certified peace officer known as a ‘school marshal’ who can conceal carry a handgun.” It is intended to ensure a Sandy Hook-style attacker will not find a school full of defenseless innocents if he dares to attack.
And that’s smart. Again, we see Texas on the cutting edge of common sense. Kudos to these over 200 school district in the great state of Texas for taking this proactive, common sense action. We need to put a nationwide end to the failed so-called “gun free zones” enacted by anti-gun, liberal Democrats..which are basically advertisements to thugs and criminals that they can go into such schools and nobody will shoot back at them. It’s time we put a stop to that failed, ridiculous insanity…and allow school districts and teachers to conceal carry, if they want to, so that they can protect their charges from lunatics who would should shoot up schoolrooms to get their 15 mins of fame on tv. Gun-free zones are a failed idea.
A course at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York, argues that the concept of “objectivity” is a myth created by white people. The course, which was first reported on by Toni Airaksinen of Campus Reform, is entitled “White Mythologies: Objectivity, Meritocracy, and Other Social Constructions,” and taught by Kendralin Freeman and Jason Rodriguez of Hobart and William Smith College. The course’s description dives into the teaching pair’s perspective on various “white mythologies,” a phrase popularized by postmodern thinker Jacques Derrida that refers to the set of beliefs and cultural truths of white Westerners. ” This course explores the history and ongoing manifestations of “white mythologies” — long-standing, often implicit views about the place of White, male, Euro-American subjects as the norm against which the peoples of the world are to be understood and judged. Students will explore how systematic logics that position “the West” and “whiteness” as the ideal manifest through such social constructions as objectivity, meritocracy, and race, and as justifications for colonial interventions, slavery, and the subordination of women.” Freeman and Rodriguez and drawing on Derrida’s belief that the West’s cultural belief in “objective” truth and reason is a thinly-veiled scheme to oppress various minority groups. Hobart and Smith College is hardly the first college to push the notion that truth and objectivity are rooted in bigotry. In 2017, students at Claremont McKenna College argued that “objective truth” is a social construct devised by “white supremacists” to “attempt to silence oppressed peoples.”
Wow.. You really can’t make this stuff up, folks. And here I thought you went to college to actually to become smarter. Sounds like kids in these courses are about to lose IQ points by the dozens. I suppose 2+2=4 is also a “white myth” according to these idiot professors. Unreal..