The Politically Incorrect Truth About Mizzou

The University of Missouri – a public university located in Columbia, Missouri – has recently been making national headlines. Earlier this September, the Missouri Students Association president, Payton Head, was called the “N-word” repeatedly while walking on campus. He went to Facebook to post about his first-hand experience with racism, which started a dialogue about the racial climate on campus. Not even a month later, members of the Legion of Black Collegians became the targets of racial slurs by a man on campus. The group shared a letter on social media describing their encounter with the man, as well as their feelings about racism on campus, and ultimately encouraged officials on campus to act against racism. These incidences of racism were later accompanied by a third episode in which a student drew a swastika in feces on the wall of a dorm bathroom.

The next incident, which seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, occurred during the Mizzou Homecoming Parade on October 10th.  While protesting, members of Concerned Student 1950, a group of Mizzou students that is attempting to fight discrimination and racial inequality on campus, blocked a car carrying UM System President Tim Wolfe for about fifteen minutes.  One of the protestors then hit the car carrying President Wolfe – which can clearly be seen if one takes the time to watch the video of the incident – and then claimed that the car had hit him and drove off.  Following this incident, Concerned Student 1950 was unhappy with the lack of response from Tim Wolfe.  Subsequently, just ten days after the parade, they released a statement of eight demands that they believed the University and its administration should meet.  The demands included a formal apology from President Wolfe and his removal from office. Concerned Student 1950 met with Tim Wolfe a few days later, but no issues were resolved. On November 2nd, MU grad student Jonathan Butler, unhappy with President Wolfe’s response, or lack thereof, announced that he would go on a hunger strike until Wolfe was removed from office. Butler made it clear that he would not consume food until he either died or Wolfe was removed from office. Once Butler announced his hunger strike, students began to camp on Carnahan quadrangle in support of Butler and the movement to remove Wolfe from office. Protests became more frequent and more intense and the University began to make national headlines as Butler’s hunger strike continued, lasting seven days total.

On November 7th, the black players on the MU football team announced that they would no longer participate in any football related activities “until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences”. The next day, Coach Gary Pinkel announced that he and the rest of the football program were standing behind the boycotting players. After this announcement, it became unclear what would happen to the team as they were/are scheduled to play Brigham Young University on Saturday the 14th in Kansas City. If the Mizzou Tigers were to fail to take the field Saturday at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, the team would have been forced to pay a cancellation fee of $1 million.

On the morning of November 9th, Tim Wolfe announced his resignation amid protests over his handling of the racially charged incidents that took place on campus.  In his statement, Wolfe took full responsibility for his lack of action following incidents of racism and asked that the university stop intimidating each other and use his resignation to heal and start talking again. Butler and members of Concerned Student 1950 took to campus to celebrate the resignation, cheering, chanting, and embracing each other. What will come next, now that Butler and Concerned Student 1950 have achieved their first goal? It seems that they will continue to push their demands on the administration until all of their goals are achieved. The eight demands can be found here: http://www.columbiatribune.com/list-of-demands-from-concerned-student-group/pdf_345ad844-9f05-5479-9b64-e4b362b4e155.html.

So, as a University of Missouri student, what’s my take on all of this? Personally, I do admire those participating in the movement for standing up for what they believe in. I cannot imagine how it would feel to feel as if you have been silenced, marginalized, and oppressed. I cannot imagine how it would feel to be called racial slurs while simply walking across the campus that you call home. That being said, I do not support resorting to threatening suicide to bully someone out of his job. Tim Wolfe had nothing to do with the acts of racism that occurred on campus. He oversaw four universities and over 75,000 students. He had little to no influence on the campus social climate.

That aside, my main issue with the movement is that in its attempt to give a voice to minorities and other marginalized students, it is silencing others by refusing to allow any dissenting opinions. Butler himself said “either engage fully in this pursuit towards justice at Mizzou or don’t comment.” To me, that is absurd and hypocritical. If you are protesting because you feel that nobody is listening to you, that you have been silenced, that you do not feel at home at the university you attend – who are you to attempt to silence anyone who has a different opinion? I believe that students and faculty alike have been coerced into supporting a movement they do not fully agree with because nobody will dare to express an opinion that isn’t in full accord with the movement. I have seen it all over social media – the moment someone expresses a rational opinion that even dares to criticize an aspect of the movement, the vultures attack.

If this is one Mizzou, then we ALL get to have an opinion on this and we are all entitled to express said opinions without being attacked. However, students, faculty, and administrators have all been intimidated into compliance by social justice warriors who allow only certain views and opinions to be voiced. We are not creating a free and open dialogue; instead, we are creating a climate where certain students are afraid to express their opinions for fear of extreme retaliation. The current movement headed by Concerned Student 1950 has done much more to divide our campus than it has done to unite us.  Seriously, everyone (except a select crappy few) wants to end racism.  Nobody wants their fellow students to feel marginalized, oppressed, or unsafe.  However, the methods currently being used to combat racism at Mizzou are only dividing students.  If we want to eradicate racism at Mizzou, we need to truly listen to each other and be willing to listen to everyone’s opinion – not just the opinions that we want to hear. We need to stand united in order to combat racism and other issues facing students successfully.  We cannot stand united when only certain viewpoints are allowed into the discussion and others are simply dismissed and ignored.

The final straw for me was today, when multiple faculty members actually cancelled class in order to allow their students and themselves to attend protests. Any professor cancelling class to participate in a protest is withholding education from paying students. I may not be a part of Concerned Student 1950, but I am a paying student at the University of Missouri and this is my campus, too.  I have a right to the education that I pay for. I have a right to express my opinion without being called uneducated, racist, or insensitive. We are all students at Mizzou, and like it or not, we ALL have a voice.

If you would like to contact me personally, you can email me at sjsxv8@mail.missouri.edu.

Please consider reading and sharing Liberty Hangout’s followup piece: An Open Letter To Mizzou Protesters

  • Kasandra

    This is a very sad day for higher education.

  • Anonymous

    Your timeline is off. The homecoming parade was October 10; the list of demands wasn’t sent until November 8.

    • Sara

      You are incorrect. The list of demands was sent on October 21st.

  • Clay

    Thanks for your courage in writing this. Tim Wolfe is not the bad guy and Gary Pinkel is not the good guy. The Mizzou football team has been given such a great gift–college for the exchange of playing a silly game. While other students, probably including yourself, are forced into large amounts of debt in order to attend college. Pinkel encouraging these football players to bite the hand that feeds them and ignore the obligations they made to become a Mizzou Tiger is sickening. Pinkel should be forced to resign from the University, but that will never happy. Mizzou has proven it’s priority is with football and not better education.

    • Kim

      I totally agree- Pinkel is fanning the fire- absolutely insane- I’m sickened by what is happening at my child’s school- thinking of pulling her out

    • Robin

      I hope people band together and show union in not attending Saturday’s Football Game at Arrowhead!

      • LauraC

        I totally agree and if people do go I hope they have clever signs that say Fu*k You PIZZOU and Pinkelpuss

    • Nick Anders

      The rumors are that Pinkel is one of the biggest racists on Missouri’s campus and maybe in Columbia. That being said, not siding with his players is career suicide. He would never be able to recruit inner city players or non-white players ever again. I don’t think he wants to risk that no matter what his feelings are. His career (what is left of it anyway) is more important than supporting/not supporting the idiots that are running this shit show.

    • Ann

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Clay!!

  • I’ve been a Mizzou fan since the early 80’s. There was actually a time when I cheered for them over KU. But not now, first it was leaving the Big 12, now this… I am finished being a mizzou fan …. and I will no longer support the university…also, I noticed today that I didn’t see even one person wearing anything with the mizzou tiger logo………….hmmmm

    • Mike

      Don’t let the door hit you in the backside!!

      • thanks for your concern…. but no need to worry because I made sure I got out of the way before I SLAMMED !!! the door shut………………..

  • M Gandhi

    Ever hear of Gandhi? He peacefully protested the India caste system. He was non violent. I guess today it would be said he was attempting suicide by those who deny there is discrimination at the University of Missouri and think only of themselves.

    • P

      Yeah he also got the British empire out of India. It’s pretty insane of you to compare ghandi, a huge historical figure, to butler. What in the hell is Tim Wolfe going to do about how people were raised? Pass out pamphlets? Make racial awareness lectures mandatory? None of that is going to help. This whole movement literally defamed one guy, who probably had to work really hard to get where he got, all because this movement doesn’t realize that racism starts at home. It’s taught to you buy your parents. Your racial acceptance doesn’t all the sudden turn 180 degrees when you get to college. This there a problem with racism on this campus? Yes. But getting Tim Wolfe fired literally helped no one. Quit comparing this to ghandi, I could go out and start a hunger strike because of whatever reason I want now because I know if I get a camera in my face someone will listen to me because that’s how mass media works now. This movement has the purest intentions, but some of the worst actions. Getting someone fired like that is embarrassing.

      • Stephanie

        Many would argue that Hitler did just as much, if not more to get the British empire out of India than Ghandi.

        • John

          Can’t use Hitler or Nazi in any conversation. The world has not seen something that extreme and to casually mention Hitler in a post is foolish

        • Grant

          GODWIN’S LAW! Just never fails to show up in a debate these days

    • Syed Haider

      You would think a writer on a website created by libertarians, would understand that a person has the right to do a hunger strike as a form of non-aggressive protest. If a person chooses not to eat for political reasons then we libertarians should not confuse this peaceful protest as a violation of the non-agreesion principle. The writer should gain a better understanding of the non-aggression principle as a foundation of libertarianism which allows Butler not to eat and to ignore our comments.

      • Rod Boone

        I encourage Butler to go on a hunger strike all he wants, but next time try doing it for the right reason. And anyone who pretends to get hit by a car is very likely lying about being called the N-word. I saw video of the protesters and their behavior convinced me they are in it for the glory and they could care less what they are protesting.

    • James

      Butler is no Ghandi (and no, it has nothing to do with his race); Ghandi never said anything like this: “either engage fully in this pursuit towards justice at Mizzou or don’t comment.”

    • Connor

      These protests are in no way peaceful. I’m a student and I’ve witnessed first hand the way the protestors are acting out towards others that do not wish to partake. This is a protest where you are either with then or against them. I’ve watched as protestors have demanded respect and to be heard, yet they insult and ridicule the people that stand opposed or impartial.

    • NB
  • Mizzou 74′

    Seems like I read some years ago that Mizzou was voted #1 gangster football team. Really sad. While the school should have zero tolerance for hate speech from its students, Mizzou cannot control who walks across its campus and uses hate speech or draws in poop. Seems like the Ferguson crowd has moved to Columbia.

  • Syed Haider

    As a libertarian I think the writer should realize that cancelling classes may be a way for a professor to teach students that no matter what subject they are teaching; there are times in life when classes or work can’t be conducted due to political reasons. That’s Life! If you don’t like it, then put your money where your mouth is; drop the class and ask for a refund. Fact is that the education (product) you are purchasing allows professors to cancel classes at their discretion so you should reconsider the way you are spending your money. What else did you expect from a subsidized educational institution? Where are the real libertarians?

  • David

    I agree with what you wrote. You are missing one big thing, though. You do not share the same belief about equality that the 1-9-5-0 group does. They don’t do this because they want equality. They do this because they WANT to ostracize and they WANT to belittle. They feel that white people need to be punished. Your goals aren’t theirs.

  • Jamie

    Free rides to?

  • heidi

    David, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Jason

    Miz-zoo…. sad place that will reap what it sows

  • M Gandhi

    Some people are in denial of happenings in Columbia. But what do you expect from a group of antlers?

  • Jenn

    Shouldn’t the players have clauses in there contracts that they can’t walk off the field for “political” issues and if they don’t show for practice or games it’s a violation of their contract and could forfeit their scholarship and postion on the team? If not Mizzou time to beef up your contracts, they walk off they are out and have to replay what they used. Someone else could use that spot!

    • Syed Haider

      Recruiting is not easy Jen. It is a big business and in order for Mizzou to compete with other arguably more desirable educational institutions the school must pander to the athletes. Any contract that has political clauses will be received negatively by most black athletes and it will hurt the schools football program. Keep in mind that the football team is 69% black (student body is 7% black), so Pinkle understands it’s a smart business decision to cater to blacks. It’s really the same reason why Branch Rickey catered to Jackie Robinson… The free market helps race relations when done appropriately.

  • Jenn

    Did they even confirm if that really happened and by who?

    • Rod Boone

      I’m with you Jenn. After the president’s car incident, I give them no credence. I’m not racist and hate those who are, but if you are discriminated against, strike back against the one who discriminated, not someone who just happens to have a powerful position.

  • SOG

    Evil exist because good men stand by and do nothing. I applaud those few students that took a stand for equal and fair treatment. Mr. Wolfe is not responsible for the acts of others but his job is to govern those acts. Mr. Wolfe was wrong because he did absolutely nothing. To harass, threatening or cause harm to anyone regardless of race is indeed a criminal act not freedom of speech.

  • Paul Lisbon

    “I would typically ignore something like this, but since the blog post is well on its way to going viral, I felt compelled to respond.
    —–
    Illusion: “My classes, among (sp) with hundreds of other students’, were cancelled because a black man almost starved himself to death.”

    Reality: Your classes were canceled because your professors and grad student instructors care enough about you and your peers to stand in solidarity, listening and valuing the experiences of their students.

    Illusion: “What does chanting ‘black power’ throughout a campus of more than 30,000 racially diverse students say about equality?”

    Reality: Mizzou’s student body, as of 2013, is 77% white, 7% black, 3% Latin@, 2% Asian, 2% multiracial, and nearly 0% Native American or Pacific Islander. I would hardly consider racial diversity to be a strong suit of ours. Regarding black power, Stokely Carmichael said: “An organization which claims to be working for the needs of a community…must work to provide that community with a position of strength from which to make its voice heard. This is the significance of black power beyond the slogan.” So, I guess your implications are correct. There is something inherently unequal about chanting ‘black power’ – the simple fact that minorities have to work twice as hard as the majority to have their voices heard.

    Illusion: “What does protesting, ‘white silence is violence’ say about equality? You’re doing exactly what you are protesting against by saying all white people who don’t speak up are racists.”

    Reality: As a privileged member of the majority, it’s your responsibility to use the position you’ve been given to advance the position of the disadvantaged. Staying silent while others are hurt because you don’t believe that speaking out is your responsibility is called the bystander effect – a fairly well-studied psychological phenomenon that is usually equated to indirect violence.

    Illusion: “A black man gave a white man an ultimatum…if you don’t quit your job, you will be the reason I die.”

    Reality: Jonathan Butler, an activist and grad student at Mizzou, resorted to drastic measures because he believed it the most effective power he possessed to bring widespread attention to a cause for which he was willing to die. In his letter to the Curators, Mr. Butler asserted that his life was in the hands of God – a far cry from telling Tim Wolfe that he would be the reason for his death.

    Illusion: “You expect ONE man, ONE human being, to take responsibility for a 50-year-old problem that may never have a solution.”

    Reality: No one asked anyone to take responsibility for 50 years of problems. They asked for concern and simple leadership from an entire administrative system which repeatedly failed to address even the events of the last few years.

    Illusion: “You protest about fairness, but how is it fair that this man loses his job and reputation all because you all felt offended?”

    Reality: Systemic oppression is not feeling offended. Systemic oppression is attending a university that promises equal opportunity for learning and success, yet employs over 2,000% more white faculty than black, has significantly lower retention rates among their students of color, doesn’t provide ample counseling professionals from minority backgrounds, and creates a campus culture in which students feel comfortable threatening each other via anonymous social media – among many, many other factors.

    Illusion: “The actions of you and your group, while admirable, were inappropriate and unproductive in your attempt to spark change in regards to racial discrimination.”

    Reality: You obviously weren’t at Carnahan Quad today. Mizzou has a long way to go, but I think Concerned Student 1950 and the movement they’ve fostered has done much more than spark change on our campus – they’ve set the nation on fire.

    I’m more proud than ever to be a member of this student body. Love you all.”

    https://www.facebook.com/katherineeeforest/posts/10208391427767081?pnref=story

    • John

      Illusion: Any event Mr. Head has claimed to have happened and any oppression the one per center Jon Butler has said to have suffered.
      Reality: MU Student body is being hoaxed by wannabe activists/ community organizers.

    • S

      In regards to the bystander effect. Yes – you are correct, every white person has an unearned advantage (aka “White Privilege”). Being silent, and not using our privilege to voice our opinions on this movement and make a difference for the disadvantaged is a waste of our influence on society. That being said, we all have our own opinions. We are entitled, better yet, encouraged to logically think through real life issues and controversies. To push ourselves to find long term solutions. However, not all of these opinions are going to go hand and hand with one another. You say we need to speak on this movement because if we don’t, it can be equated to indirect violence. I agree, we all need to speak up, we all need to stand up and work towards a better future for everyone. EVERY MINORITY. EVERYONE. But we are not required to agree to every standard of one movement’s opinion. We do not have to support every word, action or person just because of their race. I want discrimination to end. I want our country to work, strive and overcome this as a nation. I want to be proud again of the country I live in. In order to do this we need strong, educated, open minded individuals taking a stand. Not individuals who force their opinions to be heard, and ONLY their opinions.

  • Nick

    Nice to see there’s more AnCaps coming out of Mizzou. Try to get into the maneater and spread our propaganda!

  • BG

    Sara,

    I do believe that everyone has a freedom to express. I respect your view as well as everyone’s views here. I am a Mizzou Alumni and what happened here is concerning and rather alarming. Tim Wolfe’s resignation does not lead us anywhere in solving this matter. Once a protest or revolt relates to a caste, religion or race, it inevitably leads to political consequences and majorly undermines the cause. Mizzou would have had to pay $1 million. Mr. Wolfe probably gets paid one quarter of it per year. One can imagine the pressure he must be under. By making Mr. Wolfe’s resignation one of the end result of the protest, the job of the University actually got easier.

    Hunger strikes can be seen as persuading but historically have been used for positive effect and are still effective. They are a very non-violent means of protest and it is a wise decision rather than reverting to aggressive means.

    I agree with you, the professors should not have cancelled classes so that students can join protests. One should be given an option and should be left to his personal will to join a protest.

    If you are cancelling the classes, you are fueling the fire. The goal here is to not to raze the fire. The goal is to know what caused the fire.

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  • Abby

    I don’t agree with all of your points here. You are demanding to have your opinion to be heard, yet I can tell that you haven’t listened to a single thing Payton Head and Jonathan Butler have said these past few days.

    1) Three isolated cases of racism did NOT spark this protest. Butler began attending Mizzou in the year of 2008, and he said that he experienced racism starting from his first year on campus. Having to deal with racism year after year after year and as well as Tim Wolfe (and the rest of our administration) refusal to create any initiatives to deal with this builds up, believe it or not.

    2) If you watched any of Payton Head’s interviews on CNN, MSNBC, etc. you would have seen that over and over again he stated: “We are NOT blaming Tim Wolfe for systematic oppression. We are blaming him for not even attempting to change the system”. Yes, Tim Wolfe is in charge of four different schools. But you know what he could have done? He could have delegated some of this. He could have had someone high up at MU sit down with Payton, Jonathan, and other students that were concerned about the racism on our campus. He could have came up with initiatives to spark an open dialogue about racism and stereotypes. He had nothing to say for himself in regards to promoting a safe environment for all students at MU. He makes $500,000 a year. If you can’t work to keep our campus safe for everyone, you don’t deserve to be our president.

    3) What’s extremely interesting to me is that most of the people who are angry at the CS1950 movement, were completely silent when cases of blatant racism on the MU campus were covered by the media. Where’s the anger there? Where’s the anger that last night, the lives of African-American students on MU’s campus were threatened? That is the most embarrassing thing about MU right now, not a peaceful protest.

    I agree with you on the tuition part. And I’m not saying your opinion isn’t valid, but you need to listen to the other side before you form a big opinion on this. I’m not sure if you did.

  • Chops

    Racism, racial slurs, discrimination, etc. should not be tolerated anywhere by anyone. This includes black on black incidents. Its difficult for me take protestors seriously when I hear the infamous “N” word coming out of many black people’s mouths like its going out of style. We all have something to work on to better ourselves. Maybe we should look inward, and work on fixing personal problems before we starting pointing fingers at others. ALL LIVES MATTER

    • Benji

      I agree Chops, racism shouldn’t be toleratwd anywhere or by anyone. But you only mention black on black racism. What about black on white racism? Isn’t that what’s going on at Mizzou as we speak? All the white students and faculty are being kept out of “blacks only healing centers”, black students have interrupted EVERYONE’S education. The acts of racism on campus should be addressed, and the culprits should be punished or expelled, regardless of skin color. Butler and Head are just as guilty at promoting racism on campus as whoever put a swastika in feces on the wall. All these people shouldn’t be on campus anymore.
      This is bigger than just Mizzou. Nationally we as Americans have promoted racism for as long as I’ve been alive. Could you imagine the uproar that would come from a white entertainment channel… But BET is no problem? A white miss America pagent would cause all kinds of problems, but the black miss America pagent still happens every year. Everyone wants to preach equality, but what seems to be the underlying motive is privilege, not equality.

    • Benji

      I agree with Chops. Racism should not be tolerated anywhere by ANYONE! You only mention black on black racism. White on black AND black on white racism is just as bad. The N word shouldn’t be allowed on campus (even on the ballfield), regardless of the color of the skin of the person saying it. Butler is just as guilty at promoting racism as the individual responsible for the feces swastika.
      This is so much bigger than our campus though, America has been built on racism for as long as I’ve been alive. Only the tables have turned now, and the whites usually aren’t the culprits anymore. Could you imagine the uproar that would come from a White entertainment channel, and BET is alright. A white miss America pagent would cause problems too, but the black miss America pagent goes on every year. There are scholarships all over this nation set aside exclusively for blacks, but a whites-only scholarship would be racist?
      I don’t understand why we all can’t be equal, it’s like we’re fighting for a foot up on anyone else with a different skin color, only because of their skin color.

  • Miles

    When you’ve spent you’re entire life being afforded privilege, equality appears to be oppression.

  • notanalum

    illusuon…. demands are productive and will solve all issues.
    reality….demands are the ways of terrorists. you all just strapped a ticking device to yourselves and your cause. 3……2…..1.

  • Matt Shucart

    I don’t disagree with all of your article but part of it I do. Please read this letter from one of your Professors as to why he canceled class.

    https://instagram.com/p/98kzpOHvtw/

  • robert

    When all else fails blame “white privilege” or “institutional racism”. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen the fruits of any “white privilege” in my life. Of course, maybe its just because my daddy doesn’t have a net worth of 20 million, so I really can’t say.

  • Shannon

    A few passages in this article are eerily similar to one I read yesterday, posted 22 hours ago.

    http://totalsororitymove.com/i-am-a-white-non-racist-non-violent-mizzou-student-and-i-actively-oppose-concernedstudent1950/

  • G. N. DeSouza

    Enough is enough!
    It is time for everyone to lose their fear and speak up: There is no black issues in this country. Of course, there is racism, as there is corruption, violent crime, injustice and everything else bad we find all over the world. But racism is NOT systemic, it is not epidemic and not even endemic to university campuses, let alone to MU. The proof is that we elected a black president and hell did not break lose. The KKK, the skinheads, the nazi did not insurrect, overthrow the government, and spread violence throughout the country. Instead, we saw an increase sense of fear and a spread perception that everything bad that happens is a black issue. That is because what is indeed epidemic in this country is the guilty conscious of a white class that is too scared to speak up for fear of being associated with and blamed by the atrocities committed by their grand parents, great grand parents and so on. There is also a wide spread sense of opportunity by some black communities and individuals, who in some cases (Jonathan Buttler in this one) had an easy life and those who indeed had a difficult life, but still as many others in this country and this planet, to blame the system for all their problems. This opportunity exists, again, because a white class is either silent, easily persuaded by their fear or because they feed from this same fear in others to promote their own agenda, while exploiting a group that for social and economical reasons should indeed deserve the attention of our society. Again, not because there is racism, but because there is injustice in the world and that injustice is unacceptable whether you experience it under a black, white, or any “brown” tone of your skin.
    Now, what is equally unacceptable is to be called racist, ignorant, insensitive, evil, elitist, privileged, etc. simply because you do not agree with the perception that racism is wide spread. I am not trying to offend anyone with my views, and if I were to invert this blaming game, I would say that what is really offensive, insensitive and ignorant is for those who do not see the struggle of many white, Chinese, Mexican, Cuban, Iraqi, Afghani, Syrian… who immigrated to this country throughout its far and recent history and who suffered with the same injustices, social and economic, but yet were able to rise above them, and raise their kids and provide a better future for their generations. They did not blame the system, crossed their arms, or went on hunger strikes to combat a past or present, a real or fictitious epidemic discrimination. They worked hard and succeeded. Not recognizing their value and calling them insensitive for asking some to do the same they did… *that* is offensive.
    It is time for us to stop looking back at 300-year or even 50-year old history to find excuses, and instead to work together to solve the real problems we face as a nation. Problems that, again, do touch the injustices that many of those claiming to be the only target do suffer. But not because they are the only target. Not because they are the only ones suffering. Not because they are the only ones with an opinion that is labeled humane in detriment of the other opinions labeled evil.

    Diversity is not thinking about ONE group, it is thinking about NO groups.

  • Jennifer F.

    Excellent article! Best I’ve read about this situation and the most level headed. I love this statement most.. “I have a right to express my opinion without being called uneducated, racist, or insensitive.”

    • Sara

      Thank you!

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  • Boss

    Here is the irony for me….. The Ferguson Grand Jury proved that the entire “Hands Up” narrative never happened! It was a LIE propagated by black lives matter and the corrupt liberal media. A year later, the entire liberal MSM has yet to admit this as they continue to promote a race war agenda to distract from their economic disaster.

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  • Jan

    Remember in HS students affectionately calling each other ‘dude’? Well, there was also home dog, dog and n____ said among fb players and friends, students didn’t get racism. MU students were influenced by an unhappy 65 yr old movement expert . Hunger strike, even the word ‘strike’ itself is not contemporary. It’s not even modern with our current culture. No, this was a Baby Boomer for sure. Someone born in that era, that participated in all those yesteryear’s grass movements and such. The ‘man on campus’ wasn’t even a student. And CS1950, was born in 1950, so she’s 65 yrs old. I thought MU was doing fine, until the ‘progressives new word phraseology’ showed up and started planting magniloquent flowery seeds of swollen discontent in the minds of MU Students here. I really thought MU was unique wonderful cosmos unto themselves. Stop allowing the conjuring enchantment of the ‘bygone’ 1950’s wrinkly strikes overloadvyour brain with distortion! You are all beautifully made. With one life to live! Stop living the 50’s 60’s 70’s, we are above that here. When a rich man threatens to kill himself from not eating, call a Doctor! If someone smears poop on a wall, clean it off , consider it the childish act of a 7 – 12 yr old that’s watched way too much TV instead of studying hard like you are! Then move on. Lastly, a point well made is to s it down and talk. Not surrounding someone’s car. What if that man’s mother’s nurse had just called, and told him to quickly come to the emergency room because of her congestive heart failure. Then, how’s that work? These are your choices. Don’t allow anyone to make a fool of you. Love life and your fellow students, and let’s all forgive. We have a whole lot of work to get done! Make peace not war.

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