The University of Wyoming has come under fire for its new slogan, “The World Needs More Cowboys,” with opponents complaining that the word “cowboy” is sexist and non-inclusive.
The marketing campaign, set to launch in September, was designed to increase enrollment and attract new out-of-state students, but according to The Laramie Boomerang, the UW Committee on Women and People of Color wrote a letter to university officials demanding that they “shelve” the slogan in favor of a new one that “represents the diversity of the people and cultures” at UW.
“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,” associate professor of kinesiology and health Christine Porter told the Boomerang.
“The history of cowboys, of course, is much more diverse than that racially, and presumably also for sexual orientation,” she conceded. “But the image—what the word ‘cowboy’ means off the top of almost everybody’s head in the U.S.—is the white, heterosexual male.”
Happily, the university is NOT going to placate the miscreants
The university, however, is undaunted by the criticism, emphasizing that the term is intended to evoke “the spirit of the cowboy that we all kind of share in.”
“The university is moving forward with the marketing campaign,” UW communications director Chad Baldwin told Campus Reform.
“The criticism of the slogan as being sexist, racist, and offensive simply does not hold water in the context of the overall campaign,” Baldwin added. “‘Cowboys’ is the university’s official mascot and nickname, and the upcoming campaign casts it in a way that we have demonstrated is effective in catching the attention of prospective students from outside Wyoming.”
BRAVO! Now if only Iowa State can get over the Tree of Oppression!
Students at Iowa State University encountered a new form of arboreal activism on campus this week in the form of a “Tree of Oppression” funded by the student government.
According to the images obtained by Campus Reform, the tree is located on campus and appeared to have several multi-colored plastic chains wrapped around its trunk and branches. The political display was also accompanied by a “tree of oppression” sign that explained the message behind the initiative
“This tree represents the countless identities that face oppression on campus each day,” the sign read. “Each color represents a different identity waiting to break the chains of bondage.”
Want the truth? The only people oppressing these whiners is their own desperate need to be victims.
No aspect of American culture is so anodyne as to escape the thought police as they retroactively purge anything not in compliance with up to the minute standards of political correctness — not even Little House on the Prairie:
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name will be removed from a major award because of how the “Little House on the Prairie” author portrayed minorities in her novels, the children’s division of the American Library Association voted Saturday.
“This decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness,” the Association for Library Service to Children said in a statement after the unanimous vote.
Consequently, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which honors those who make significant contributions to children’s literature, has been renamed the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, Mrs. Wilder having been consigned to the memory hole.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867. To expect her to hold attitudes fashionable among progressives in the year 2018 would be absurd. But liberal social engineers have never shied away from absurdity before.
Sad, and infuriating
Yoga is just yoga, unless you are white. Then it is cultural appropriation:
To truly honor yoga, writes Michigan State University professor Shreena Gandhi, white Americans should understand its history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in, and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs.”
BTW, those with Indian ancestry are the wealthiest ethnic group in the USA. They bring in 70% more than whites per household. But I’m forgetting; statistics are racist. The narrative requires viewing Indians as put-upon victims deserving of special consideration.
Gandhi coauthored a piece entitled “Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation” with Lillie Wolff. Wolff describes herself as an “antiracist white Jewish organizer, facilitator and healer” who is “passionate about decolonizing and politicizing yoga.” “Decolonizing” means purging it of unclean whiteness.
It is OK for certain groups to stab and slash others apparently because the police are
RAAAAACIST, ah Transphobic. Well according to Trans-Thugs Lives Matter anyway
A vigil to honor Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring, a transgender woman killed by police in north St. Louis Wednesday, turned ugly tonight when an impatient driver refused to stop for protesters, hitting three of them.
Well, maybe the driver was not “impatient” as much as he was afraid of getting killed? Emphasis mine
Schron Jackson, a police spokeswoman, said the driver was taken into custody on a charge of felony fleeing.
Jackson emailed us,
Tonight, a group of protesters marched from the Transgender Memorial to the intersection of Manchester and Sarah were they blocked traffic in all directions. A vehicle approached, stopped, honked its horn and attempted to drive around the protesters.
The protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it with their hands and a flag pole. Several protesters also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle (white male) proceeded to drive away when three protesters ( 2 white females and 1 white male) fell from the vehicle. The three protesters reported minor injuries, but refused medical attention on the scene.
Police attempted to stop driver of vehicle who initially refused to stop. He stopped about a block away from the incident and was taken into custody for felony fleeing. The incident was captured on video. The investigation is ongoing.
Sorry, but if a group of thugs, yes, even gender dysfunctional thugs, surround a car, then begin attacking it, the driver is going to fear for their life and to me has a right to protect themself. Basically, if you do not want to get run over then stay your ass out of the street, and do not surround and attack the car and the driver and or passengers. By the way CNN, such “protesters are not “peaceful”. Blocking traffic is not “peaceful”!
Now, as to Kiwi, or Kenneth, take your pick goes, let the investigation of the shooting conclude, then judge, but generally, if you attack police with a knife…….
Herring was shot to death by St. Louis police officers early Tuesday in north St. Louis. They say they received reports of a domestic dispute and arrived to find a 30-year-old man badly cut around the face, arms and torso. Police allege that Herring, also 30, was armed with a large kitchen knife and swung at officers — and that they then shot her.
Kristy Thompson, 28, was taken into police custody. Police say she was also involved in the attack on the 30-year-old male victim.
But the police response drew ire because they initially described the deceased as a 30-year-old man. Herring, friends and family say, identified as a woman.
Well, there you go. The real crime here is that the police called a man a man. How dare they? This is yet another example of how bat guano the Identity Obsession Syndrome insanity has gotten. The war on individualism rolls on. This is how the Left is trying to destroy this nation. Brainwash people into believing their “identity” be it religious, sexual, gender, racial is everything. Then pit these identities against anyone who opposes “social justice” AKA Marxism. Demonize a group or groups, in this case police, Whites, straight people, Conservatives, and “identity traitors” to create turmoil, incite increasingly violent acts, and so on. Then when those being attacked fight back, in any way, run to an eagerly sympathetic media, which will eagerly push your narrative and scream victimization. Repeat as needed until the greatest nation on earth is reduced to a third world Hell hole because Marxist Utopia!