Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri, is resigning his post, an act of extraordinary cowardice on the part of the university.
The University of Missouri is purported to be convulsed by racism. How so? A drunk white student walking down the street used a racial slur in reference to a group of black students; he has been exiled from the campus and probably will be expelled when the disciplinary process comes to its conclusion. Expelling a student for ungentlemanly conduct is the sort of thing that universities probably ought to do more of, but of course punishing the guilty is never enough for the Left. The innocent must be punished as well.
Wolfe, black students insisted, has “enabled a system of racism” at the university. What exactly that system of racism consists of remains vague. The complaints include the by-now-familiar litany, beginning with the fact that the university administration was silent on the matter of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago. Multiple investigations of the Brown shooting, including the one conducted by Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, have concluded that there was no criminal conduct by police in the case. But even if there had been, what business is it of the University of Missouri? The purpose of a university administration is to administer the university, not to provide a salve for every hurt, real or imagined, that besets the increasingly childish adults it is intended to serve.
Other racial incidents have been reported by Mizzou students with varying degrees of documentation: A student says he was twice described with a racial slur, and a swastika was found applied to a dormitory wall with feces. But the University of Missouri is not besieged by the Ku Klux Klan. It is besieged by hysteria. Hysteria needs to be stood up to, not cravenly fed with acquiescence.
When men with souls made of cotton candy wilt in the face of this sort of absurdity, it encourages it. Wolfe is, by his resignation, rewarding destructive and deeply illiberal behavior. (In response to the racism hysteria, a student went on a hunger strike, and a group of black players on the football team threatened to boycott the remainder of the season. That a 4–5 team might skip the remainder of its games is hardly an institutional crisis, but the preservation of mediocrity is the highest priority of college administrators.)
The fact that a young drunk man said something ugly and stupid tells us at least as much about drunkenness as it does racism; as social problems go, alcohol abuse is by most meaningful measures a more significant factor in American life than is racism. But racism is a handy cudgel for the Left, which is why it is deployed at every opportunity — even when those opportunities have to be manufactured.
The scholarships should have been put on hold and the balance of the football year cancelled. When the tip of the tail wags the dog, there are problems. There are processes in place to deal with these type student stupid situations, but that never had a chance. Over reaction by everyone.
Discipline in schools has vanished along with the “Greatest Generation”. My mother and her 105 lbs of feistiness kept discipline in her class rooms. She also taught her students how to succeed in life, respect for all others and how to earn respect of others. I wonder where this is taught in Obama’s Common Core education?
I think that the only way we can ever recover our country is to make a 2 year government service mandatory for all young men and women.
This is the new/old political tactic divide and conquer , racial polarization and class warfare. Looking for fault, look at the classrooms taught by progressive tenured professors. They will soon have the taskforce for diversity aka thought police in full force. Next you will see flight from the school, the paying students gone to another university leaving only the scholarship and grant student. They will make good government employees.
half of the idiots on alleged scholarship can not read.
the football team is not great
all losers but yes, they will all become democrats and collect a welfare check under the guise of working
The Gateway Pundit blog has been on top of this story. So let’s take a hard look at it.
It is claimed that racial slurs have been lobbed at black students on campus. By who? Lobbed at who? Case still open. It was claimed that a swastika made of human feces was painted on a dorm hall. By whom? Aimed at who? Case still open.
A look at the players show football team members of a losing team. One of the lead agitators is Anumag Ram Chaudran, born in India and raised in the UAE, a scholarship student whose Linkin page says he studies “global security and militancy issues”, who has been interned with both Democrat Claire McKaskill and the left wing American Enterprise Institute.
And the ultimate offense against the students? The university decided it would no long fund Planned Parenthood at the campus of the University of Missouri.
So like the “hands up, don’t shoot” movement, we have a manufactured crisis (never to be left to go to waste) by a group of students who mostly are attending Mizzou on scholarships backed up by some left leaning professors of the Socialist bent.
What the administration of Mizzou should have done was stand their ground. The administration is supposed to be the adults in the crowd, not a bunch of kids attending the state’s flagship university on an athletic scholarship. If those players refused to play; end their scholarships. Boot them out. Give those scholarships to kids that truly want to learn and get an education, not a bunch of SJW that want to run the show.
Instead, Mizzou has set a precedent. This type of crap is going to resonate all across the nation where students, without hard facts or proof, are going to start making demands of university officials for no other reason than to prove they can. This is just one action on the part of the racial grievance industry that is going to get worse, not better.
How many times have we read of racist incidents that have been proven false, from the university professor who claimed that someone hung a noose on her door, only to learn that she did it herself and then made a false police report to another university professor who claimed she was arrested for walking while black until the police car video proved she was lying. Truth be damned. Lying for the cause is now legitimate.
The inmates are now truly in charge of the asylum.
The students are trying to keep the media off campus..I guess they dont want the empty protest broadcast across the nation. Hands up dont learn.
@retire05: If I were the pres of the university, we would not have a football team as of today. The scholarship football players would not be on scholarship and the coach would be down the road. No wonder that team has been losing, it is made up of a bunch of losers. It will never be a viable football team again. The inmates will be running the zoo.
This is what you get with the “I’m offended” P.C. wussification of America.