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"Cowboy" is a racist and triggering word

10 comments, 145 views, posted 11:12 pm 12/03/2019 in Politics by HariSeldon
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The Wall Street Journal last week published an editorial, titled, "It Pays to Be A Wyoming Cowboy." The story behind that headline goes back to July 2018 when, as Campus Reform reported at the time, the University of Wyoming stood its ground against about two dozen professors who took issue with the school's newly-unveiled slogan, "the world needs more cowboys."

The slogan, critics said was sexist and xenophobic, among other things. 

“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,” associate professor of kinesiology and health Christine Porter said at the time. “The history of cowboys, of course, is much more diverse than that racially, and presumably also for sexual orientation. But the image—what the word ‘cowboy’ means off the top of almost everybody’s head in the U.S.—is the white, heterosexual male.”

Despite the criticism, however, the university stood its ground and continued its marketing campaign with the slogan.

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Between July and December 2018, royalties were up $38,000 over the same period in 2017 as the school licensed 143 different products with the tagline to third-party vendors. A funeral home even requested permission to create a “the world needs more cowboys” coffin. Talk about getting the final word.

The campaign has been a hit off campus, too. A campaign ad video had half a million views online—nearly the equivalent of Wyoming’s state population. After seeing the digital ads, some 18,000 viewers clicked on the link and gave their information to recruiters. Enrollment numbers won’t be in until later this year, but “it’s pretty clear there’s been an increase in interest,” spokesman Chad Baldwin says.


Campus Reform Correspondent and UW student Jessie Leach joined Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to discuss the topic
"There's an outrage culture on our campuses and everybody wants to be part of the newest outrage and a couple of people at the University of Wyoming I guess just wanted a bite at that apple," Leach said, later calling the controversy "silly." 

"I was born and raised in Wyoming...and I've never once related the words cowboy with 'genocide,' 'xenophobia,' or anything like that," she said. 

For Leach, the cowboy controversy triggered two separate reactions.

"The first is that these professors are completely missing the facts and the fact is when they claim that this slogan is sexist and it's xenophobic, cowboys exist all over the world. But beyond that, my second reaction is they're completely missing the point. The point of the slogan is to say the world needs more people with the cowboy spirit and that's the spirit of hard work, determination, self-reliance, and integrity," she added.

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11:55 pm 12/03/2019

Vormid

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outrage



Walks away....

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1:17 am 13/03/2019

z0phi3l

Quote by Vormid:
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Fox & Friends

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Walks away....



Those are some very CNN like fishing for something to be bothered by and completely out of context

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2:26 am 13/03/2019

Quaektem

Quote by HariSeldon:
“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,”



Hey now... I watched Brokeback Mountain and will NEVER think of cowboys that way again!

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3:05 pm 13/03/2019

i_am_god

Quote by Quaektem:
Quote by HariSeldon:
“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,”


Hey now... I watched Brokeback Mountain and will NEVER think of cowboys that way again!

Yeah but go to a rodeo and say Brokeback and you're likely to get thrown in a pen with a bull.

In reality for a better part of the 19th century black people made up a large part of the "cowboy" population. Moving to the Midwest running from slavery or post war violence. In fact Tulsa had a very large wealthy black population in part from connections to farming and ranching.
Of course the whole idea of "cowboy" as a talk strong looking white man was a Hollywood image built by actors like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, the "Marlboro Man", and even further back into the 50s. And the white washing of history ignored the realities of the time and gave people a version they wanted people to believe, like often happens. You can take our lives, but you'll never take our freedoms.

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3:07 pm 13/03/2019

i_am_god

And Brokeback Mt still had " white, macho, male, able-bodied, U.S.-born persons." If I remember the movie correctly didn't both actors start out in hetero relationships?

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1:28 pm 14/03/2019

Flee

Quote by SomeAsshole:
“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,”


fuck right off. Any time someone says something like this, i get the urge to punch.

I(we) are not responsible for how you view a word. If I say "fag" and you think of a homosexual, and not a cigarette, thats on you, not society. or gay, etc, etc, etc.

This bitch is clearly a racist as when she thinks of a term for a person, she thinks in terms of colour.

If I were, asked to describe a cowboy...

- cowboy hat
- cowboy boots
- horse riding
- chaps

why does race/colour need to come in?


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2:22 pm 14/03/2019

i_am_god

Quote by Flee:
Quote by SomeAsshole:
“I am not the only person for whom the word ‘cowboy’ invokes a white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person,”

fuck right off. Any time someone says something like this, i get the urge to punch.

I(we) are not responsible for how you view a word. If I say "fag" and you think of a homosexual, and not a cigarette, thats on you, not society. or gay, etc, etc, etc.

This bitch is clearly a racist as when she thinks of a term for a person, she thinks in terms of colour.

If I were, asked to describe a cowboy...

- cowboy hat
- cowboy boots
- horse riding
- chaps

why does race/colour need to come in?



The problem is that movies, TV shows and advertising for 60 years or more only showed cowboys as white men. It wasn't until the 90s when the idea of women and minorities could be more than sidekicks in a western. When more movies were written with leads for someone other that a white guy. Stuff like that builds an unconscious vision of something that is hard to separate from what is reality.
Say I were to mention the word "flag" without any context. Most people, in their mind, would see a piece of cloth, maybe with colors, maybe on a pole blowing in the wind. That is a very common and very frequently used definition of the word. But it could also be used in editing a written piece. Or it could be used in programming.... The thing is people often default the the first and most common definition of a word when it's brought up.

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2:26 pm 14/03/2019

i_am_god

Oh and in the US only pretentious douchebags use "fag" when referring to a cigarette. They want to sound worldly but most people just want to punch them and rip their man buns off the back of their heads.

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5:58 pm 14/03/2019

Flee

. 1million times, yes.

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5:35 am 15/03/2019

REALITY

All I see is Kathy Burke when I hear the word fag.

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