It’s called the “Tornado of Ideas” and it’s a sculpture on the Texas Tech campus that cost about $142,000. It was commissioned in 2004 and created by Bronx, NY artist Tom Otterness. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, a “tornado” of clashing ideas? It might bring to mind a place of higher learning where students are encouraged to consider ideas from all over the spectrum.
Among the scenes on the piece are a version of the Texas Tech mascot, the Masked Rider, holding a javelin, attempting to sodomize a police officer and two lesbian women sitting arm-in-arm looking out at passersby. On top of a book labeled “The Way Things Ought to Be” is a woman staring at a man clinging to the edge of the sculpture about to fall off.
Oh, but there’s so much more. Just a sampling of the books you’ll find in the tornado of “ideas” are:
- Black Panthers 1968
- Mein Kampf
- Dismantling Racism: The Continuing Challenge to White America
- The Origin of the Species
- Das Kapital (Marx)
- Big Business Poor People
- Police State America
- Black Feminist Thought
- Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am not a book burner by nature, and I think the tornado should have a big variety in the mix. However, someone left some ingredients out. When the Young Conservatives listed all the books the statue contained and broke it down by ideology, this was the result:
Having seen their complete book list, I think their numbers are quite accurate. As such, they have every reason to complain. A university that is spending so much to reinforce one particular ideology is not encouraging students to see all sides of the picture and come to their own conclusions. As we have discussed time and time again here on NewsReal, this is a huge problem that has become the norm all the way from kindergarten through university levels. This is not an atmosphere for learning, but indoctrination.
The Young Conservatives suggest that the statue be replaced by something more representative of the spirit of Texas Tech.
“We would like to see this sculpture removed immediately, and replaced with some sort of memorial to Colonel Rick Husband,” said Jeff Morris, Tech YCT Chairman. Husband was a Texas Tech Alumni who was killed in the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. “This would represent the University much better than this piece of far-left propaganda,” Morris added.
Regardless of the outcome, I am happy to see the Young Conservatives take on that Texas tornado in Lubbock. They are unmasking the destructive ideology that’s being shoved down students’ throats at just about every university across the nation, and for that I thank them.