At the University of Iowa, professor and social justice warrior, Resmiye Oral, is fighting for the school mascot, Herky the Hawk, to be less aggressive. She would like Herky to have a wide variety of emotions, like humans. Which is funny because in college you are angry or frustrated 99% of the time, so actually he’s doing just fine representing our emotions.
Apparently she has been quite concerned for some time now about Herky. Really? Because I’m typically concerned with things like my family, education, faith or the state of the country but you do you, I guess.
Resmiye explained how Herky’s face can actually lead to violence:
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UI, wrote recently in an email to UI athletic department officials. “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.
“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,” she wrote.
There are a lot of things that are aggressive in college and believe me, Herky the Hawk’s emotions are the least of people’s worries. Students at the University of Iowa thought that the idea of changing the school mascot was laughable and so did a million other people on the internet.
Poor Herky the Hawk, innocently attacked by a liberal for no apparent reason, we all know how you feel dude. #HerkysLifeMatters #HerkysFeelingsMatter.