Recently, on or near the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, there were allegations of two incidents where unknown persons shouted racial slurs at black students. One alleged victim was the elected head of the Missouri Students Association, which is the undergraduate government. He happens to be black, which seems to indicate that a fair degree of racial equality and goodwill exists (or once existed) on that campus, where almost 80% of students are white.
Despite the fact that this young black man was elected to head undergraduate student government, some black students on campus nevertheless believe that there is “systematic oppression” on the campus of the university, based upon these two incidents where unknown individuals, who may not even be students or from the university community, allegedly used racial slurs against black students. The streets upon which these incidents occurred are open to the public, in a city of nearly 117,000 people, about 80% of whom are white.
As a result of publicity and outrage (real or feigned), the university, in response to these two alleged incidents of “overt racism,” instituted a policy by which all students, faculty, and staff will be
punished made to attend online “diversity training“.
At first the outraged students directed their “ire” at a white university chancellor, who had condemned and recognized the “racism” on campus, and is the official who mandated diversity training in response.
Not being satisfied with that response, the outraged students redirected their focus upon the (also white) university system president, Tim Wolfe. Taking a cue from Ferguson protesters, they rudely interrupted a homecoming parade:
The protesters blocked the street and Wolfe’s car for about 15 minutes, chanting and making speeches, until they were dispersed by police. Some students watching the parade also joined in on the protest in support. No protesters were arrested for disturbing the parade.
As at St. Louis University where, after unrest in nearby Ferguson, protesters and activists “occupied” the campus, a list of demands was presented to Wolfe’s administration. Their demands were amazingly similar to the SLU protester’s demands, and in this case seem especially designed to chastise and humiliate the white president, despite that he committed no offense. Any offense that did occur was committed by unknown persons who allegedly share only Wolfe’s skin color.
In addition, the demands seemed designed to allow persons “of color” to browbeat other students, faculty, and staff as a form of punishment and reeducation, as if they are guilty, no matter if proven guilty, and therefore must be summarily punished in advance.
Here are some of the demands:
A news conference of Wolfe reading a handwritten, formal apology.
The immediate removal of Wolfe as UM System President.
Enforcement of mandatory racial awareness and inclusion curriculum for all faculty, staff and students, controlled by a board of color.
An increase in the percentage of black faculty and staff to 10 percent by the 2017-18 academic year, and the development by May 1 of a 10-year plan to promote a safer, more inclusive campus.
An increase in funding to hire more mental health professionals for the MU Counseling Center, particularly those of color, and more staff for the social justice centers on campus.
Note the racial animus evident in those demands. The white president needs to grovel and then resign or be removed. He is to be held responsible, apparently, for the “original sin” of racism that all whites carry on their souls. He, like the Confederate Flag, is a symbol of this “systematic oppression” (by whom, drunken rednecks in trucks?) and so he must go.
What a coup that will be, if he does get sacrificed. Then what’s next?
The curriculum in which white students are to be made “aware” must be controlled by a “board of color.” Will all students be educated on the need to respect persons unlike themselves, or is this curriculum going to be designed as reeducation or remedial brainwashing for white students alone?
Note the unconstitutionality of other demands:
QUOTAS for black faculty and staff.
Special “social justice centers” and safe places especially for persons “of color.” In other words, these places will be off limits or unwelcoming to some, based upon skin color, and so DISCRIMINATION will be sanctioned officially. Actually, these various centers already exist. But none for whites or white ethnic groups. Talk about systematic racism!
What the heck are they teaching in our universities?
Subsequent to presenting the demands, some students threatened to boycott retail and food establishments on campus and one student went on a hunger strike.
Protests ramped up, taking place at UM football games and some protesters followed the president to Kansas City, where they confronted him and demanded that he define “systematic oppression”. When his definition didn’t pass muster, they increased their “demand” that he resign or be fired, despite that he has apologized profusely (for what?) and that he and others in the administration are pandering in typical PC fashion.
The latest wrinkle in this saga: a number of black football players have threatened to boycott all football-related events, including games, until Wolfe is fired or resigns. It remains to be seen whether the university will demand in return that these players, probably most of whom are on scholarship, live up to the deals they made when they got their scholarships. If Governor Nixon’s behavior after Ferguson is any indication, just as no protesters were arrested for harassing President Wolfe, nothing will happen to these football “protesters”, either.
So now we see all of this, because of two alleged incidents where unknown persons allegedly shouted racial slurs at black students on or near the campus. For their alleged offenses, the president of the entire University of MO system is being pilloried, tarred-and-feathered, harassed and persecuted, at the risk of his job.
Is THIS justice? Is THIS fair? Hate crimes and discrimination in retaliation for alleged hate crimes?
If this man is sacrificed because of these racist demands, then what will be next? Who will be next?
Recently, also in Missouri, fires were set at the doors of 7 churches, most of which have black congregations. As these incidents continued, the usual suspects emerged to scream about white supremacy and the wages of a long history of white systematic oppression of blacks, especially through targeting their churches. Lo and behold, the perpetrator of these fires, which seemed designed to look horrid but did little damage, was himself black. The story, which had occupied the front pages for weeks, has been dropped like a hot potato and the public still waits for an explanation of WHY this black man decided to target, but not really damage very much, black churches in the area of Ferguson.
Think about it: Why should one white man, Tim Wolfe, be punished, his career destroyed, for alleged racist words of unknown individuals, simply because he shares the alleged skin color of the haters? A high-tech lynching in revenge?
Do all whites carry responsibility for hate crimes carried out by any person who is white? If so, then it works both ways: When will President Obama resign or be impeached because Vester Lee Ferguson II murdered two white people on camera on Obama’s watch?
Who is organizing these protests in response to alleged incidents where, perhaps, a few idiots may have yelled racial slurs while driving by campus?
Why the out sized response? Any ideas?