America’s universities represent the left unbound from reality.
And the left unbound from reality forwards the cause of and surrenders to race thugs.
That’s the message today out of University of Missouri, where 30 black football players announced they would not tackle one another over a piece of leather so long as the white president of the university remains. The coach of the team, Gary Pinkel, who is being paid $3.1 million per year, joined the protest, backing his players while continuing to draw his salary. “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players,” Pinkel tweeted.
President Tim Wolfe first met charming black protesters on October 10 when they blocked the homecoming parade to surround his car, demanding he exit and talk to them. Not being a complete moron, Wolfe refused.
It’s hilarious to watch the former 1960s radicals who used the same tactics against their professors now victimized by their own students. Leftists are incapable of standing up against even more radical leftists, which is why the movement moves ever to the left.
The race blackmail movement quickly spiraled, with student Jonathan Butler beginning a one-man hunger strike until Wolfe resigns. On Friday, Wolfe released this statement:
Today I again had the opportunity to meet with MU graduate student Jonathan Butler who continues a hunger strike protesting the inequalities, inequities, and obstacles faced by students, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri. I am very concerned about Jonathan’s health. His voice for social justice is important and powerful. He is being heard and I am listening. I am thankful for the leadership provided by him and the other student leaders in raising awareness of racism, injustice, and intolerance. This afternoon I also met with representatives of several student groups and I value their input and hear their voices. Racism does exist at our university and it is unacceptable. It is a long-standing, systemic problem which daily affects our family of students, faculty and staff. I am sorry this is the case. I truly want all members of our university community to feel included, valued and safe.
Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.
Instead of letting the poor sap drop a few pounds, others joined in: a campus sit-in began on Sunday, the government body of the University of Missouri system met on Monday, and politicians including Republican Rep. Steven Cookson said that Wolfe should step down. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said the university system should “send a clear message” to the students that they will do something about racism. Governor Jay Nixon (D) said the problem “must be addressed,” adding, “Racism and intolerance have no place at the University of Missouri or anywhere in our state. Our colleges and universities must be havens of trust and understanding. These concerns must be addressed to ensure the University of Missouri is a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.”
What exactly prompted all of this unrest? The student body president said in September that somebody drove past him and yelled a slur at him. He’s black. Then, in October, some members of a black student organization said a drunk white student yelled slurs at them. Then, a crazy person drew a swastika on a bathroom wall in poop.
This is asinine. As a Jew who wears a yarmulke publicly, I’ve had people yell slurs at me on my way to synagogue probably a half-dozen times. I didn’t demand that the mayor resign. And if the University of Missouri is so unbelievably racist, why is it that the student government president is black? Wouldn’t those nefarious bigots in the administration have done something to stop black folks from reaching positions of power?
So, what do the students want? They want Wolfe gone, for no apparent reason; they want him to “acknowledge his white male privilege” – a privilege that apparently includes being fired for no reason because of the color of his skin and his sex; and that the school hire more black teachers, based solely on the color of their skin.
Naturally, the faculty, not wanting to appear out of touch, have joined in the protest. The Concerned Faculty group at the college started a two-day walkout today.
It isn’t just the University of Missouri. Over at Yale, students confronted and chanted at university professor Nicholas Christakis for not banning certain Halloween costumes. Christakis’ wife had sent out a rational email on the topic: “If you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended.” That prompted one girl to scream at Professor Christakis, “Who the f*** are you? You should step down. If that is what you think about being a master you should step down. Do you understand?...You should not sleep at night. You are disgusting.”
These students should be expelled. They have no agenda other than rabble-rousing, no evidence of systemic racism at these universities, and no tactics other than bullying. At the same time, it’s hilarious to watch the former 1960s radicals who used the same tactics against their professors now victimized by their own students. Leftists are incapable of standing up against even more radical leftists, which is why the movement moves ever to the left.
This idiocy will continue at the universities. It will bleed over into our politics, as it already has in Missouri. The generalized perception of American racism will grow, too – after all, if America’s most openminded, liberal places are racist, your town must be! That’s been the left’s argument about the so-called “rape culture”; it’s why they focus on campus sexual assault, because if your kids aren’t safe at the dorms, they aren’t safe anywhere.
For the left, all problems are problems of institutions. That’s why they win. Every time something offensive happens, it must be the fault of shadowy forces running their lives – and such events demand systemic change. For the right, problems are typically problems of individuals. That’s why they lose.
The real systemic problem here is the kabuki theater of the universities. There is no establishment against which the left fights – there are just older leftists, giving way willingly to younger leftists. And so our institutions continue to sink downward into the leftist mire, all the while championing their capacity for change. But nothing really ever changes.
UPDATE: The president of the University has now resigned. He has taken "full responsibility" for the situation. The radicals win again, as always. "I take full responsibility for this frustration and I take full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred," Wolfe says.