Worrisome Veteran? I Think NOT!
Editor’s Note: I fully acknowledge that this video was produced and initially released in 2009 which resulted in a formal apology and removal from the Penn State website. That being said, its recent revival warrants a modern, Ranger Up response. That’s the beauty of dumbassery, it never expires. -RU Rob
By Mr. Twisted
I have seen a lot of things that pissed me off, lately. I have seen a number of things—a great many of them in politics—that make me question where we are going as a country and whether or not it is salvageable.
But none of them angered me more than the video released by the Penn State Student Affairs entitled “The Worrisome Veteran.”
The video begins with a teacher going to her supervisor with a concern about a student who is just not doing very well in her class. After some typical responses are uttered by the boss as to what should be done about the situation, the teacher—clearly bothered by something—keeps pushing the issue in saying that the student seems “confrontational” in his tone and demeanor. She states how she is “nervous” talking to him because of his attitude and that, despite the fact that the student has never issued any threats, she is super-duper scared of this kid. The supervisor tells her that “if” a threat is ever mentioned, that she should call the police “immediately.”
Intermixed with all of this are repeated comments about how his grammar is bad and he’s not a very good student, etc. The gist of her statement is “this kid is super intimidating and stupid.”
Following that scene is one of an actual confrontation between the student and the instructor, whereby the student—a Veteran—is painted exactly as she described; confrontational and not all that bright. The scene and video close out with him threatening to get her fired and storming off camera.
There are so many directions I could go with this that it’s tough to choose…
I’m going to paint you a mental picture. Let’s suppose that there is a recently-discharged Veteran who decides to attend college. One of the classes he signs up for is English 101 because he figures he’ll start with the core classes. The English 101 professor is a female who, in the first days of class, decides to use her position as a soap box to mention that she is a former Planned Parenthood director and that she absolutely despises the military. Our Veteran doesn’t balk at this because he knew going in that he would have to deal with people like her; he keeps his mouth shut and does what he’s supposed to do.
At the end of the semester, the professor does everything she can to give the Vet a lower grade. She contradicts the Chicago Manual of Style to prove she’s right, despite being shown she is wrong—chapter, page, and sentence in the book—by the Veteran. She lies about how many days of class he has missed and, when confronted by the Vet who had notes from those exact days, backs down and mumbles that it’s “not that important.” She goes to great lengths to find things wrong with his papers that are actually well within the guidelines. But in the end, because he worked hard and did everything he was supposed to, she had no choice to give him an “A” in the class.
I know this story because it happened to me. I know this to be closer to the reality of the Veteran/college relationship because it is my story and the story of another Vet in that same class who she treated the same way.
But Penn State—you remember, the school that employed a child molester for several decades—wants you to believe the exact opposite. They are so convinced that all of us crazed, stupid, illiterate Veterans are just going to lose it in some PTSD-inspired, rage-filled rampage that they are willing to produce a fairly professionally done video to… Wait, what the hell was the point of that video, anyway?
I just realized, as I sit here typing furiously on this subject, that I have absolutely no idea what the point of that video was, other than to paint Veterans who attend college as crazed maniacs who can’t write. Seriously, was there supposed to be a lesson? Some kind of warning? If it was a “how to deal with___” it failed pretty miserably. These guys are even stupider than I first thought.
Hey, Penn State, I have a message for you. Though you may have heard this before, it bears repeating and goes something like this:
Go fuck yourselves.
Would you make a video in the exact same way except switching out the Veteran with….a black guy? A Hispanic kid? A Muslim?
Imagine that for a moment.
“I’m really scared about this kid. He’s angry and confrontational.”
“Well has he done anything?”
“No, but…there’s something about him…”
“What is it?”
“Well…he’s…..he’s black.” (Cut to scene where big, angry black man is demanding a better grade and fade out with the title of the video “The Worrisome Black Guy.” Fade out…)
How do you think that would go over, Penn State? Oh, I know, it would go over about as well as the coach you had who was raping young boys for several decades while you and your staff turned a blind eye. You remember that, don’t you? Yeah, that was where you had all your titles stripped from you. Too bad you didn’t lose all of your federal funding, as well.
Ultimately, that’s the part that really pisses me off. This isn’t some whack-job, anti-troops organization that is trying to paint us in a bad light—no, this is a state and federally funded institute of “higher learning.” This is an institution that has survived largely on massive amounts of tax dollars from yours and my pockets.
Hell, this isn’t even a single teacher going off half-cocked on how he hates the war or the troops or the big military industrial complex—it’s an entire department of a state university going above and beyond to show how scary and stupid an average Veteran is and how worried we need to be about them. The same Veterans who meet higher criteria for entrance into the military than the overwhelming majority of Penn State’s student body are thought of as “worrisome” and illiterate.
I’ll say it again:
Go fuck yourselves, Penn State, you monkey shit-eating, whiny sacks of socialist-minded troglodytes. Take your sissified, entitlement-claiming, elitist attitudes and pound sand. We as a community are better than you, smarter than you, and while you are getting ultimately weaker due to the ballooning higher education bubble, we only grow in strength, resources, and ingenuity. I guess maybe your focus on ruining the lives of young boys who wanted to play football distracted you from this thing we call “reality.”
Welcome to it—things are going to get worse for you in this realm.