While liberal students and social justice warriors continue to sulk over the results of the election that took place two weeks ago, a professor at Texas Tech University has found the perfect solution.
Terry McInturff, an energy commerce professor at Texas Tech with a reputation for his toughness disguised with humor, read a Wall Street Journal article about the over-the-top responses that colleges and professors were giving to their students who were sad about the election. Some of these responses included “Cry-ins,” therapy dogs, and arts & crafts.
Struck with the absurdity of it all, McInturff decided he’d voice his displeasure, but have some fun at the same time.
In his classroom, he left a copy of the WSJ article along with his thoughts on the matter, that included this:
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 Brangelina 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!
McInturff told KLBK-TV that it was “tongue-in-cheek” and his students responded well to the note.
“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,” McInturff said.
The professor went on to say that after spending 13 years at Texas Tech, he doesn’t “even try” to make anybody on campus happy.
Before he knew it, his note was posted onto Instagram and received over 7,000 likes, and garnered attention from the mainstream media.
McInturff told a Newsweek writer, “Here in West Texas we are a little different. We’re a little more thick-skinned. And hopefully a little more realistic about how the world operates.”
Speaking with KLBK-TV, he said in the end that 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.”
McInturff is reminding the rest of America that laughter, along with a dose of reality, is often the best medicine.