PETA was not pleased after the University of Texas at Austin bull mascot charged the University of Georgia bulldog mascot, reported The Daily Caller.
The group apparently wrote letters to UTA and UGA, suggesting the schools stop using live-animal mascots. PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said “It’s indefensible to subject animals to the stress of being packed up, carted from state to state, and paraded in front of a stadium full of screaming fans. It’s no surprise that a skittish steer would react to a perceived threat by charging.”
You know, I’m going to have to agree with CBS Sports reporter Barrett Sallee, who pointed out that he doesn’t think that a bulldog is much of a threat to a bull. Of course, it might’ve been a bit different if it were a pitbull — we know how frisky those can get.
PETA also kind of misses the point here because if you’re a fan of animal rights, you’d be hard-pressed to find creatures treated better than some of these mascots. That little UGA bulldog has an air-conditioned doghouse and sits on ice at games and some other schools’ mascots really live the life of luxury. Louisiana State University’s Mike the tiger reportedly gets a multimillion dollar home complete with a swimming pool, which is especially nice when you consider that the animal was donated to LSU by a rescue facility, according to Campus Reform.
LSU doesn’t even bring Mike out at games anymore, but that wasn’t enough for PETA, which wanted the school to get accredited to house the animal. It also wasn’t sufficient for more than a hundred thousand petitioners rounded up by Care2, which bills itself as a group working against “bigots, bullies, science deniers, misogynists, gun lobbyists, xenophobes, the willfully ignorant, animal abusers, frackers, and other mean people” by you know, ginning up social media lynch mobs to bully those it labels as such.
‘Fighting White People’ TA Won’t Rule Out Violence
University of Georgia TA Irami Osei-Frimpong said “some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom” on Facebook and tweeted “fighting White people is a skill. Really, it’s one reason I’m in support of integrated schools. You have to get used to fighting White people.” Irami then quoted a psychologist who said “Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites,” in that tweet.
That tweet has since been deleted. But Irami didn’t entirely back down during an interview on WGAU with host Tim Bryant, according to Campus Reform. The TA suggested that violence is sometimes acceptable against “oppressors.”
He also claimed that violence is acceptable if shame doesn’t work. The TA uses the example of lynching, claiming that mobs can’t be won over with words. And it’s true that we use the threat of state violence as a means of dissuading crime. But here’s the thing: Irami conflates state violence and extrajudicial violence when it’s convenient for him, citing UGA’s ROTC program as an example of “violence.”
The University of Georgia originally said that Irami had made his social media remarks in a personal capacity and not as part of his job, but announced on Sunday that it was looking into options it can legally take under the First Amendment. Something tells me the reaction would be just a bit stronger if the races were flip-flopped and this were a white TA making anti-black remarks.
Georgia TA Says ‘Some White People May Have To Die’
University of Georgia TA Irami Osei-Frimpong recently tweeted “Fighting White people is a skill,” reported Campus Reform. He went on to quote clinical psychologist Bobby Wright, who said “Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites.”
OK, so this guy could be the most racist person in the world, but he’s an academic, so you would think he’d have at least a bit of discretion and common sense not to post that. Then, last week, Irami threw himself into a Facebook discussion, saying “Some White people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom.”
Anti-white remarks have gotten Irami banned from Facebook more than just once. The UGA TA has previously referred to southern whites as “sociopaths” and “autistic kids” and Facebook suspended him after he said “We can talk about voter suppression. We can talk about ID laws. But all of this begins and ends with the fact that we make crappy White people. So if we are serious, we have to dismantle the institutions that make crappy white people. Their churches, their schools, their families.”
“Dismantle.” Something tells me that won’t be too peaceful. But speaking of schools, the University of Georgia hasn’t seem to have been all too worried about Irami. The school has distinguished multiple times between Irami’s job as a TA and views made in his personal capacity.
However, Sunday night, after some threats to its donations, UGA said “Racism has no place on our campus” and the school’s checking what actions it can “legally consider in accordance with the First Amendment.” At a certain point, Irami’s job as a TA and his personal views may very well come together and I wouldn’t be too shocked to learn that white kids aren’t very comfortable in this dude’s courses.
Facebook Suspends TA Who Bashed ‘Crappy White People’
University of Georgia TA Irami Osei-Frimpong said “We can talk about voter suppression. We can talk about ID laws. But all of this begins and ends with the fact that we make crappy White people”? The TA apparently got suspended by Facebook for 30 days for violating the company’s hate speech policy, according to Campus Reform.
But don’t worry! Irami has his supporters like UGA brain and behavioral science professor Janet Frick, who said “Ok, I may be a crappy white people, but even I know that’s not hate speech. That’s “hurt your feelings speech” but not hate speech.”
“A crappy white people?” That reminds me of Rutgers professor James Livingston of “OK, officially, I now hate white people. I am a white people” fame. Rutgers originally found James guilty of violating its discrimination and harassment policy, but proceeded to let him off the hook. Similarly, talking about the TA, who has condemned what he termed “respectability Democrats” and who’s also compared southern whites to sociopaths and autistic kids, UGA spokesman Greg Trevor said “Views expressed by students, faculty, and staff in their personal capacities do not reflect the views of the university.”
But Irami is part of the university, Greg — a part that’s probably giving grades to white students.
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