Note: I posted pieces of the article below, but click the Daily Targum link and read the entire article beforehand.
Daily Targum: The Rutgers University Student Assembly recently passed a bill intended to support ethnic and gender diversity by adding multiple Scarlet Knights that could be black, Latino, Asian, female or third gender in addition to the existing Caucasian Scarlet Knight, said Emmet Brennan, student assembly parliamentarian. Brennan said he founded the idea behind the bill working as a press box server at a football game, where he noticed the mascot had blue eyes and light skin.
“This does not seem right,” Brennan said. “Our mascot does not represent how diverse we are as a school.” Over this semester, Brennan educated himself on different ethnicities and genders and worked with friend Mohamed Asker, the assembly’s student affairs chair and a member of the Arab Cultural Club, to create a bill that was passed by a majority of the student assembly’s top players at their last meeting.
“The bill did pass the body, and it wasn’t by a slim margin,” Brennan said. “(But) there were some concerns over the mascot possibly being offensive if it wasn’t done properly.” The bill has not yet been unveiled to alumni, but Brennan said backlash is “inevitable,” and that the student assembly anticipated anger from alumni, which is why the current mascot would not be eliminated and more mascots would be added.
“I mean, obviously you’re going to have people who are going to say, you know, we’re destroying tradition,” he said. “It’s inevitable. There’s always going to be people who complain, but I think we won’t receive that much pushback because we are keeping the current knight. We’re just, I think, taking pride in our current diversity as a school as we are now, but also recognizing where we were.”
Next to community responses, funding might pose a considerable challenge. But Sneha Lakhani, a Rutgers Business School junior, questioned the bill. “I feel like it’s a bit far-fetched, but I appreciate the idea of accepting more,” she said. “But I don’t feel like (diversity) has to be shown in that manner as well because Rutgers does a good job showing it in every other way.”
However, Brennan emphasized the root of the bill. “This bill is about representing how diverse Rutgers is, and that we should take pride in that we’re one of the most diverse schools in the nation,” he said. “It’s not really about taking away from the current mascot we have, but really celebrating that diversity and involving the student body in our mascot.”
Well would you get a fuckin load of this? I don’t even know where to start, but I will say that this is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard. What the fuck kind of idea is this? Anyone who has a problem with the Rutgers mascot has a problem with me, and now I have a problem with you. I speak for just about everyone with a brain when I say that if you get behind this NONSENSE you can suck a bag of dicks. One freshman with inferiority complex writes an angry email and now a whole slew of assholes want an Asian Scarlet Knight. Get the fuck out of my face with that.
How dumb is this kid for putting his name out there? Being accountable for your actions is admirable, but putting yourself on a chopping block when, to be honest, it was avoidable, is just asking for trouble. This kid is gonna get his ass kicked. He can never show his face on campus ever again. He’s not a true Scarlet Knight, and I don’t like him. It would have been so easy to keep his name anonymous, so it’s just idiotic on his part to put himself on a pedestal like this when nobody likes him and there’s severe inevitable backlash heading his way. All press is good press, unless you’re the one who had a problem with the Scarlet Knight having white skin and blue eyes so you want to reinvent the wheel. Only reason this bill “passed” is because this guy probably harassed students at bus stops until they caved with a signature. Props to Lakhani for standing up to this garbage with a quote. This is me standing up to it, feel free to take any quote you’d like.
You wanna know why the Scarlet Knight is white? Because back in the days where knights actually existed, THEY WERE WHITE. There were no black knights. There were no Asian knights. There were no female knights. They were white. That’s just a fact. I guess 60 years is too much of the Scarlet Knight. I guess honoring tradition and respecting that Rutgers is the birthplace of college football means nothing nowadays. What will this solve? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. People are always complaining about something. You solve one problem, and you encounter three more. If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s gonna want some milk. If you give Emmet Brennan and his band of losers an arsenal of “diverse” mascots, who knows what they’re gonna want next. You can’t please everyone. So it’s best to please as many people as possible. And the overwhelming majority are just fine with the current mascot, thanks.
Rutgers is one of the most, if not the most, diverse school in the entire country. The students, the faculty, the various organizations on campus, the themed events on and off campus, the restaurants surrounding campuses, etc. The list continues. I’ve never been in a more diverse environment in my life than in my four years in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Never once did I take a look at anyone or anything and think that the campus needed more parity in terms of ethnicity or gender. There’s like 50,000 people on campus minimum at any one time. And there’s ONE mascot. That’s just how it is.
There’s a .01% chance this actually happens. And that .01% is simply due to the fact that I put nothing past Rutgers and their incompetence.
PS – I’d like sketches sent to me from Emmet portraying how we would personify a third gender Scarlet Knight.
Here’s a petition someone started to STOP THE MADNESS.