THE REVERSE COWBOY – Another university mascot can’t get any love:
When you think of hotbeds of progressive activism, the University of Wyoming probably does not appear on your list. Wyoming residents seem to have a culture of not complaining about everything.
However, the nonsense has reached that campus as well.
The university is now under fire because of its slogan: “The world needs more Cowboys.” The school’s mascot is a cowboy. Apparently, Native American groups and school faculty are upset because the slogan “excludes women and people of color.”
“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,” argued Darrell Hutchinson, a “cultural specialist” with the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming.
Shhhh, no one tell the Arapaho “cultural specialist” that America’s first cowboys were actually Indians (yes, ironic, I know). The cowboy culture was created by the Native Americans after the Spaniards colonised what is now the southern United States and introduced cattle ranching there (not to mention also introducing horses to the Americas). And cowboying has always attracted plenty of people (well, men really) from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds, including Latino and black. To think of it as a “white thing” shows regrettable historical ignorance.
And as for cowgirls, the world definitely needs more cowgirls.