Or as mom used to say, “Don’t baby them.”
Some parents get this lesson early. However you comfort an infant child at bedtime is exactly the way you’ll be treating them as a toddler. Do you pick up your child at every cry? Do you let them go to sleep on your own? Parents, it’s your decision. Just remember, if you choose to be a rocker and a cuddler, you might be doing that long after you expected.
Which brings us to the University of Wisconsin (UV-Stout) and the murals which the Diversity Leadership Team (6 – 4 last season, undefeated in their division) warned could be psychologically devastating to some Native American students.
Since 1936, two large murals by Cal Peters portraying early Wisconsin history have dominated the common area of Harvey Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout). One mural shows French fur traders and American Indians traveling down the Red Cedar River by canoe, while another portrays a wooden fort constructed by the French. Neither painting shows any violence at all.
But now, after 80 years, the murals are abruptly being given the heave-ho after concerns were raised that the paintings are offensive.
School chancellor Bob Meyer says some American Indian students have objected to what the paintings show.
White people and Native Americans getting along? The historical relationship between the groups in the era of the expansion of white influence in Wisconsin? The truth?
Two important lessons:
If you have a Diversity Leadership Team, they will spot anti-diversity things, even when they are not obvious to people outside the team.
If you baby people – of any age – they will become big babies.