NJ.com- A bill passed by the Rutgers student assembly has called for more gender and ethnic diversity in the mascot costume, according to a report in The Daily Targum. This is how Emmet Brennan, the assembly's parliamentarian, explained it to the student newspaper:
"What we were thinking — the way the bill's laid out — it's not defined that we need an Asian knight, a black knight, a Latino knight. That we would really leave it up to the different student organizations ... and basically the whole student body as a whole to determine how many knights they'd like and what these knights would represent."
I have a dream that one day all mascots will be create equal! Jesus Christ Rutgers. We don't already have enough issues with how we are perceived? Now we need to create a race war amongst those that wear padded suits and dress up like caricatures of a university's team name. You know why the Scarlet Knight isn't black? Because if you go back in the history books black people weren't exactly riding horses in shining armor. Is this new concept to Rutgers students that black and latino people don't have the fondest of pasts in this country? Might be time to step up the curriculum guys. Maybe bring in a history major or two. Have a 28,000 person assembly at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Remember the movie 'The Black Knight' that stars Martin Lawrence? Ever wonder why it falls under the comedy genre? Because black people hate riding horses. That's as close to a fact as a stereotype can be. When's the last time you have seen a black guy on a horse besides that Uncle Tom at 'Medieval Times'? Anyone watch the Kentucky Derby? Was there a really strong contingent of black folks playing jockey? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's not the case. Yes, in 2015 anyone is capable of doing anything. That doesn't mean that certain races don't still have a proclivity to certain activities. Basketball and comedy are predominantly black, baseball and spicy food are primarily latin, and white's still have quite the stranglehood on hockey and Knighthood. Maybe we should just change the new mascot to yellow like all of the new race ambiguous emojis? Or would the Asians consider that a win in their favor? Can't have that. If anyone is happy, no one is happy. Historical authenticity be damned. Can't have one single white knight as the face of the University. We need an entire team of mascots dressed up like the United Nations. A whole army of diversity storming in on a stable of horses. That's the only way to get prejudice out of our institutions of higher learning, and I'll be damned if it's not the best way to intimidate the opposition as well.