When actor Clint Eastwood recently called the new generation a “Pussy Generation”-a generation of weaklings with no backbone, who are easily offended, he may have been right on target, especially with what recently happened at the University of Iowa.
Apparently, the U of Iowa has a school mascot named Herky the Hawk, a cartoonish gold and black figure. The Hawk has an angry, aggressive look, complete with furrowed forehead. This depiction is to reflect the fighting spirit during university sports games.
Apparently, a University of Iowa professor has requested that the U of Iowa athletics department change Herky the Hawk’s facial expression and make him look friendlier because the character’s current facial expression is apparently traumatizing students.
Resmiye Oral, seen in the photo above, a clinical professor of pediatrics, apparently wrote an email to the athletic department officials as well as to the U of Iowa Faculty Senate where she stated, “I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages.”
“And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community,” she argued.
This Toxic professor in my view also told the Iowa Press- Citizen newspaper that she has been concerned for some time about Herky the Hawk’s lack of emotional diversity as she further stated ” “As we strive to tackle depression, suicide, violence, and behavioral challenges and help our students succeed, I plead with you to allow Herky to be like one of us, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, sometimes angry, sometimes concentrated.”
In my view professor Oral needs to put her efforts on doing some meaningful research in her field instead of worrying about Herkey. Herkey has been around for generations and as not caused any lasting damage to any student’s psyche.
If these big babies with such tender psyche’s at the U of Iowa can’t handle angry Herkey, perhaps they would be best suited to have another character as their mascot-purple “Barney” the dinosaur , who also happens to be a huge hit with toddlers.
This is frightening to think that students cannot handle a cartoon mascot’s angry facial expression. If it is violence, Professor Oral is concerned about, then she needs to not focus on the mascot, but rather, on the game of football. Will her next email missive be to banish the violent sport of football at the U of Iowa? Does she believe football is too violent for student’s psyche’s and for their tender eyes to see?
And what about other sports? This can go very far if it is not stopped. Apparently officials with the U of Iowa Faculty Senate told the Iowa Press-Citizen that they are currently tackling the larger issue of ensuring that the university climate is one that is “safe and inclusive.”
Well here is the reality of life, U of Iowa students and any other student at any other university, as well as any faculty member who has been hiding behind the walls of the ivory tower of academia for so long, they no longer have a clue as to how the real world operates and functions.
The world’s climate is NOT ” safe and inclusive” and that is the reality of life. What better way to learn this message than at a university. At a university, you will have a glimpse of what life is really like, so that you can be better prepared to handle any of life’s annoyances and disappointments which you, like everyone else, will surely experience.
In the university setting, not every student will get an award, a scholarship, or be invited to join a sorority or a fraternity. A boy or a girl that you fancy may not be attracted to you. In fact, they may ignore you. If you end up dating them, they may cheat on you, or ghost you- dropping you like a hot potato for a reason unknown to you. Not all students will make good grades and some will even flunk out. Some will be given grades that they deem unfair, while others will not be allowed to play on any one of the university’s sports teams. Some will have to drop out because of financial or family concerns. Others will excel in school and be admitted to grad schools, law, vet, or medical schools, while still others, will be admitted nowhere. Some will get excellent grades and even graduate with honors, only to find they can’t find a job and have to work in a department store as a sales clerk, summa or magna cum laude or not. Such is life. Life is full of ups and downs and it is not fair. Life is not “fair and inclusive.” Any university that gives students the illusion that it is, is not doing their job in preparing students to survive in the real world.
In the real world, there are lots of people with lots of opinions. Some opinions will be similar to yours, while other’s opinions will be the complete opposite. Just because someone has a different philosophical, religious, or political view, you need to respect that they are entitled to their opinion. Like any mature adult you need to learn to “agree to disagree”. You don’t need to kick them out of your life, avoid them, resent, hate them or find a “safe place” to run away from them.
In the real world, some people won’t like you for no reason at all. Other’s won’t like you because of where you are from, your family background, the color of your skin, your personality, the color of your hair, how you look, how much or how little money you have, how successful or unsuccessful you are, or how attractive or unattractive you are. Like it or not, that is the reality of life.
What you learned in the first grade -that everyone has to like everyone and get along is what your first grade and subsequent school teachers told you because they didn’t want to deal with a classroom of chaos and fighting children. But the truth is that in the real world, you will NOT like everyone and not everyone will like you and that is OK. Some people will be Toxic to you and you will be Toxic to others. That is a reality of life, not only for for human beings, but for animals as well.
When I am at the park with my goldendoodle Annabella, even though she likes most dogs, there are some dogs, she simply doesn’t care for. She is not playful or friendly to them, like she is to others. It is her animal instinct kicking in that tells her who is friend or foe. The same is true for us humans. Our instincts also tell us who is Toxic, who to like, and who not to like.
And here is a “newsflash” for the real world: THERE ARE NO SAFE PLACES! If someone offends you with their ideas and beliefs – (and they will), get over it! Move on. Don’t sulk and brood and cry. Mommy and daddy, may have provided a safe physical and emotional haven for you at home. But in real life, there are no safe havens. Maybe you got an award for just showing up at a team sports game when you were younger. Maybe your parents helped you with your homework or may have even done it for you. If you had trouble with a classmate, friend, or teacher, perhaps they were there to fight your battles. But in the real world you can no longer rely on your” helicopter parents.”
When I read that students said they “didn’t feel “safe”at one of the most prestigious universities in the south, Emory University in Georgia simply because someone wrote the word TRUMP on the sidewalk, I was appalled. They clamored that they were “in pain” over this. Well if writing the name of a political candidate in chalk brings you pain, then you will have a very miserable and painful life.
Students at Emory University, claimed that writing ‘Trump 2016′ on Sidewalk Is a Racist Microaggression …,” with references to students needing “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect them from presidential candidates’ names and slogans. For many, it was another sign of college students being so overly sensitive, that even political campaigning could be seen as hate speech.
Well, college students, get over your being overly sensitive. There are two major political parties in this country. While you may prefer one candidate, there are others out there who may prefer the other candidate. If someone supports a candidate you don’t like, they are not committing a hate crime. Conversely, if you support a candidate someone else, likes, you are not committing a hate crime.
So whether it is dealing with an angry looking school mascot, who has harmlessly been around for decades, or having a difference of political opinion from someone else, grow up and stop acting like a toddler- hiding in a safe place like mommy’s skirt or in a special room.
Not everything will make you feel comfortable in life. So deal with it! That is what grown ups, not babies, do in the real world.