ESPN has announced it will give the University of Missouri (MU), a.k.a Mizzou, football team a special humanitarian award in July to honor the team for its strike in 2015. You know the one, right? If you did, then you are probably retching.
This was the Black Lives Matter-esque fuse that caused over a hundred universities to explode in racial unrest and cave in to pressure from black student groups to yield to demands supposedly addressing various imagined, concocted or politically exploited race-related problems on campuses, ranging from microagressions, to inadequate race-consciousness, to unidentified people saying mean things.
That last, in fact, was what caused the Mizzou foolishness. There, three unrelated episodes caused the “crisis”:
- Payton Head, MU senior and president of MSA, published a Facebook saying that he was walking around campus when the passenger of a pickup repeatedly shouted the “nigger at him.
No one confirmed his claim.
- The Legion of Black Collegians posted on social media that the group was rehearsing for a performance at the University’s Traditions Plaza when a “young man” talking on his cellphone walked up to the group, was politely asked to leave, and hurled “racial slurs” at LBC members.
Was he a student? Nobody knows.
- Someone draw a swastika using human feces inside Mizzou’s Gateway Hall.
Funny, I think of the swastika as an anti-Semitic symbol, not anti-black one, but hey, whatever it takes, right?
None of these involved perpetrators who were identified, or who were shown to be students. None of them were remotely within the control of the University; nor were they coordinated in any way. Black groups on campus, however, harassed the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, and demanded that he resign. A black graduate student began a hunger strike, promising to forgo all food and nutrition until Wolfe was ousted. Finally, black University of Missouri football players announced that they would not participate in team activities or games until the university yielded to various demands, including Wolfe’s dismissal. The coach and the rest of the team backed the black players, and the university caved.
In addition to sparking many other conflicts on other campuses, disrupting students’ education, making U.S. ccolleges look like the inmates were running the asylums (because they were) and increasing racial tensions, the episode had the effect of causing a huge drop in enrollment that has cost Mizzou about $32 million.
Isn’t that great?
Good job, everybody!
Apparently ESPN think so, anyway. Continue reading →