In the classroom, Texas Tech energy commerce professor Terry McInturff is known as a task master. But despite his hard attitude, he manages to inject a sense of humor into everything that he does.
So after reading a Wall Street Journal article called “Tears on Campus As Result Hits Home”, McInturff had a few choice words to say about the conservative newspaper’s support of the college students and professors who took the victory of Donald Trump as a personal attack.
McInturff decided to get creative. He left a copy of the article, as well as his response on each one of his student’s desks. But he never thought his joke would spurn the backlash from East Coast Liberals that has results in the days since it went viral…
McInturff’s note to his students was simple:
“After reading the article and reflecting on my often repeated statement to you that “I don’t care how you FEEL, I care what you THINK,” it occurred to me that perhaps I have been a bit too harsh. Therefore, in the spirit of dealing with the wounds of those feeling grief and unbearable angst over the election, Kim’s tragic Paris robbery, the heart wrenching Bradgelina break-up or other similar tragedy, I would like to do my part. While I can’t offer “arts and crafts” or a “therapy dog,” the Energy Commerce Department has arranged for free hugs from our therapy boa constrictor. Please go to room 139 to schedule a session should you feel the need.
“Have a great day. It’s great to be a Red Raider!”
East Coast Liberals had a field day with this Texas professor’s snarky remark. He was forced to explain himself to everyone who had the joke go over their head…
“It was tongue-in-cheek,” McInturff told the station. “It was a joke, and they took it as a joke. Apparently some people on the East Coast did not take it as a joke.”
According to the KLBK reporter who met with McInturff, the man has worked at Texas Tech for 13 years and doesn’t care if he makes anyone happy.
“I don’t even try,” McInturff responded bluntly.
But the old timer had no idea that his rant made it to social media. It quickly got more than 7,000 likes on his Instagram page. Then to capitalize on the virality of the story, a Newsweek writer called him up on the phone.
“Here in West Texas we are a little different,” McInturff said he told the writer. “We’re a little more thick-skinned. And hopefully a little more realistic about how the world operates.”
In the end, he explained to KLBK, the “worst thing we can do as educators is to tell the students ‘you are ready to hit the real world, you’re going to be a success’ when they are really not ready. So our job is to prepare them for the ups and downs of life and not protect them from everything that comes along that doesn’t agree with their current world view…
“I haven’t had any requests for hugs from the boa constrictor yet.”
Are people too thinned skinned in modern times? Should they just tough it up?
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