Kindergarten is not too young to pick up on the K-State-KU rivalry.
Those in attendance at tonight’s men’s basketball game pitting the Wildcats against the University of Kansas will get a chance to see Emma Burton, a young Wildcat fan who already has a healthy aversion to all things Jayhawk.
Burton, a four-year-old from Olathe, will be recognized as fan of the game, an honor she won for refusing to color in a Jayhawk at school.
Emma’s act of defiance occurred during an assignment connected to Kansas Day. Her teacher gave her a Jayhawk to color, she refused to do so and asked for a Wildcat instead. Told there wasn’t a Wildcat available, Emma threw the Jayhawk in the trash.
Emma’s parents, who are K-State graduates, printed out a Wildcat for her to color, and Emma wrote an apology for her teacher on it.
Whether Emma’s action amounted to a defiance of legitimate authority or a principled stand against oppression probably depends on one’s view of the rivalry. But the KSU athletic department is coming down solidly on Emma’s side. Advised of her actions, officials sent her family four tickets and a parking pass for the game, and said they would feature Emma on the video board.