I Am A White, Non-Racist, Non-Violent Mizzou Student And I Actively Oppose #ConcernedStudent1950

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If someone had told me two weeks ago that my school would soon be on national news for a series of racial incidents and campus-wide chaos, I would’ve asked them what drugs they were on and advise that they seek immediate medical attention. But in the past week or so, mayhem has been the constant theme here at Mizzou.

On November 2nd, Jonathan Butler, a University of Missouri graduate student, embarked on a hunger strike in order to accomplish two things. The first was to ensure that Tim Wolfe, the president of the entire UM system, would be fired. The second was to end racial discrimination.

He succeeded in one of those things. Wolfe is gone, all because Butler blamed him for the actions of a few racist individuals. This man, a Columbia native who worked hard to earn such a respectable job, is now unemployed with a permanently soiled reputation. The fact that Butler assumed that Tim Wolfe could eradicate racism in every single person on this campus is downright stupid. There are some people for whom racism is so ingrained that it is an automatic response. It’s unfortunate and it’s wrong, but Tim Wolfe has no control over these people’s beliefs. Some argue that he “failed to properly respond” to various racist incidents, which poses the question, what would you have done? Sought out the individual who used the “N-word,” taken him by the shoulders, and shaken him back and forth screaming “STOP BEING RACIST” until he gave in? Wolfe oversaw four universities with over 75,000 students. He had no bearing on their values and personal beliefs.

The second purpose of the movement was to end racial discrimination. So why does our campus feel more divided than ever? Why are classes spontaneously canceled due to anonymous threats on both white and black people? Why are students afraid to leave their homes, thus failing to seek the education we came here to obtain?

Here’s the sad truth: The #ConcernedStudent1950 movement was driven by anger and drama, but those involved did little to channel their passion into a constructive approach. They failed to make informed arguments, and instead caused a widespread panic throughout this campus.

I do not support Butler, I do not support his movement, and it breaks my heart to see what those involved have done to my school.

For the past week, Jonathan Butler has politicized our campus, counteractively racially divided our student body, and threatened the way our leaders will make future decisions. He claims he wants to start a conversation, but that conversation only includes a small portion of the more than 30,000 racially diverse students on this campus.

On top of all this, he adamantly protests that white people who don’t speak up are racists. Tell me: How does that promote equality?

I refuse to be labeled racist simply because I don’t support #ConcernedStudent1950.

I refuse to be labeled racist simply because I’m not one of the masses of students and teachers that were blindly coerced into supporting a movement because they are afraid to disagree and be deemed a racial bigot.

I refuse to be labeled racist by a man who is so deluded and self-involved that he actually threatened suicide to get his way. Whether or not you choose to believe it, Butler utilized violence to get what he wanted. I don’t respect his methods of change, and I see it as a slight to people who are at legitimate risk of ending their own lives.

But Jonathan’s worst offense, in my opinion, is his direct attack on every student’s right to free speech.

He protests because he feels that nobody is listening to him. He feels he has been silenced. So why does he consistently silence others? Isn’t that contradictory to his argument?

Tuesday’s email requested that those who hear “hurtful speech” contact the police and provide a detailed account of the offender. It basically gave students the permission to call the cops every time someone is mean to them.

I’ll go ahead and say it: this notion is completely ridiculous. It’s a borderline laughable waste of time.

Obviously I don’t want to see people hurt, or give racists an avenue to offend people. I don’t support hateful messages or their content. However, I absolutely support everyone’s right to say what they think. The founding attitude of country is that you are allowed to think what you want and voice your opinion, even if those around you don’t agree. That’s the basis of freedom, and we are dangerously close to forgetting this notion.

Hurtful things that people say to you may provoke an emotional response, but it is our obligation as adults to reflect on such incidences and channel our rage or sadness into productive thought. It is definitely important to recognize when people go too far and impose a legitimate threat, but we have to realize that verbal insults are just that. They’re only words, and how you choose to deal with your own damaged ego is no one’s business but your own.

Jonathan Butler has no right to impede on anyone’s first amendment rights, simply because they have the potential to hurt his feelings. A man of his education should recognize the fact that freedom of speech comes from a legal standpoint, not a moral standpoint. The university should not be able to punish people for offending others. The police do not have the right to tell me what to believe or how to feel. That is my choice, and it is a choice protected by the constitution. Freedom, more specifically freedom of speech, is more important than your feelings. Get over it.

Moreover, people of all races and backgrounds are offended every day. Women are sexualized. Muslims are called terrorists. Gay people are judged for their sexual preference. Sorority girls are assumed to be bimbos. Fraternity men are deemed arrogant. So why is it that Butler gets to choose the importance of discrimination? Why does he get to prioritize intolerance? Why are his problems more important than mine, or yours, or any other of the 35,441 students currently enrolled in this university?

I’m fed up. This campus has been through enough.

Classes are consistently canceled. Groups march and chant through study areas. Media reporters and cameras are everywhere, trying to create a story rather than uncover the truth. The football team went on strike. Social media posts threaten the lives every student, regardless of race. Businesses are closed. Journalists are harassed and stripped of rights. Sororities are on lockdown. MU alerts are frequently released after false rumors of KKK meetings circulated through social media. Teachers are resigning after receiving threatening emails and phone calls. We’ve descended into chaos, and all because a movement meant to give a voice to minorities subsequently silenced others by refusing to allow any dissenting opinions.

So where do we go from here? How do we pick up the pieces and restore this university’s reputation?

Let’s start by listening to each other. Let’s put aside our anger and come together to make a change we can be proud of. Let’s make respectable moves in the reshaping of our school. Let’s include students of all backgrounds when making decisions. Let’s ALL have a voice.

We have a lot to be proud of, and despite current disorder, I’m forever proud to be a tiger.

Lucky Jo is much less medicated than her mother and sister, and she tends to think that’s a good thing. Despite her inclination to attend art school, she ended up at the University of Missouri, a decision she only regrets on game days in the fall when the campus is overrun with SEC football fans. In her free time she enjoys scaring small children, judging her peers, and condescendingly talking to GDIs at Starbucks. Follow her on twitter for cat memes and complaints. Email her at LuckyJoTSM@gmail.com.

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  1. 208
    lalalalove

    You are probably a great individual, but I do believe that your inability to see past your privilege has led you to write this completely tone-deaf article.

    Butler is not in ANY way infringing on your constitutional right to freedom of speech because hate speech/racist speech/prejudiced speech are not protected by the constitution or the first amendment. The top comment here even says that “The Constitution defends a person’s right to free speech, but once your speech infringes on the constitutional rights of another person, your actions are wrong.” Isn’t it a constitutional right for all students to be treated equally and without persecution in their learning environment.

    I agree your campus has gone through a lot, but there’s a simple way to end this problem. LISTEN to those who are trying so hard to be HEARD.

    It’s hypocritical for you to say, “Let’s start by listening to each other. Let’s put aside our anger and come together to make a change we can be proud of. Let’s make respectable moves in the reshaping of our school. Let’s include students of all backgrounds when making decisions. Let’s ALL have a voice.” when
    1) you know you already have a voice and have done nothing to use it in a positive way
    2) you aren’t even listening to the very real persecution your fellow classmates (and other students of color across the nation) are feeling, and instead disregarding their struggle
    and 3) you wrote this entire article because you’re lowkey butthurt because this movement does not cater to your needs as well.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 162
      lalalalove

      also in regards to this: “Why does he get to prioritize intolerance? Why are his problems more important than mine, or yours, or any other of the 35,441 students currently enrolled in this university?”
      Just a friendly reminder that while its shitty to be considered a bimbo (and a terrorist apparently, in my case), I’m not going to racially stereotyped, shot, and killed by the police and extremists in an overwhelming and systematic way like those who are speaking up in Mizzou might.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 96
      ImHereForTheGangbang

      “hate speech/racist speech/prejudiced speech are not protected by the constitution or the first amendment. ”

      Well this is just simply wrong, and you need a remedial civics class if you really think this. Hate speech absolutely IS protected, as 230 years of court precedent will attest.

      Have you ever wondered why the KKK is allowed to hold parades on public streets, or why professors can publish articles that say “the holocaust was a hoax” and not go to jail? It’s because these extremely vile, bigoted, hateful forms of speech are in fact 100% PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT. There is no law against saying something racist, insulting, sexist, or prejudicial about a group of people. NONE. Totally legal, and the government cannot censor them.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
      • 83
        lalalalove

        I will take full responsibility here because I meant to communicate that hate speech/racist speech/prejudiced speech are not rights guaranteed to anyone within an institution of higher education, as resulted in the court case in 1942 of Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, where Walter Chaplinsky convicted under a New Hampshire law against offensive and derisive speech and name-calling in public. This happened because “fighting” words (as the case here) neither contributed to the expression of ideas nor possessed any “social value” in searching for truth.

        But I’ll definitely take your suggestion on a remedial civics class, thx <3

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
        • 35
          lalalalove

          There is a precedent in existence where racial persecution and hateful speech has gone punished, so it’s not impossible– and if you’re a kind and goodhearted person, which I believe you probably are considering that’s sorority core values 101, then we should be taking a look into what we can do to help fellow students of color to make this situation an efficient and ephemeral one.

          ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
          • -86
            Sierck Monaco

            Keep posting, you are bound to be relevant sooner or later….until then, it’s good practice. I apologize in advance if you consider this hate speech, it’s just my opinion.

            ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
        • -1
          CedarFuckinFalls

          If so called “hate speech” isn’t covered by the Constitution then how has the Westboro Baptist Church been able to survive and continue to win court cases when cities and states try to silence them?

          Also there is no such thing as “hate speech” it’s just speech.

          ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
          • 28
            okaywellthen

            @CedarFuckinFalls Whether or not I agree with the general arguments of the comments above, I’m sorry but I feel the need to correct you to help you in the general future on this subject: According to the U.S. Supreme Court and their implementation of the First Amendment, there IS such as thing as “hate speech.” The question arises over whether the hate speech if protected or not. Hate speech is generally protect unless it “is directed to inciting imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.” (See Brandenburg v. Ohio)

            ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
        • -3
          cm777

          Yes, let’s talk about the “fighting words” doctrine- the Chaplinsky case clearly dictates that the utterance of any such speech must be shown to (in the eyes of an average citizen) undeniably incite retaliatory behavior and must be individually directed… thus, hate speech is in no way restricted under the Chaplinsky ruling unless it is singling out a specific target and is deemed to be enough of an antagonistic verbal action against the individual that a retaliatory response would be understandable. The hate speech in question on Missouri’s campus was not directed at a single individual and was dispersed enough that I can wholeheartedly guarantee you there would be no merit to restricting the speech in the court of law. Continue trying to argue with a very limited knowledge of the way the First Amendment works and the precedents set out by certain court cases, but I can assure you that you are way off the mark in all of your statements (currently taking a class entirely centered on the First Amendment at a top 20 school in the nation and would LOVE to hear your background of expertise on the matter).
          Better luck next time

          ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
    • 25
      Concerned77

      The problem with this whole “movement” is that it is trying to define hate/racist/prejudiced speech as anything that disagrees with their opinion. This is nothing more then an attempt to intimidate and censor those with whom they disagree. That is wrong. Everything Luckyjo said in her article was a reasonable evaluation of the situation from her perspective and likely represents the views of not only her and her friends but thousands of others. Butler is a total fraud in that (a) he comes from a rich family where his father earns 8+ million a year from his job at Union Pacific Railroad and (b) he lost his healthcare through the university because ACA (i.e. Obamacare) forbids universities from providing health insurance to graduate students, not that he or his family couldn’t afford to get it through an exchange (how is that change working for you). He is also in school in his eighth year to get a masters degree? Sounds to me like he does not want to get out in the real world and earn a living. BTW, Luckyjo has used her voice to express her opinion (which is based on her on the ground observations unlike yours) in what she believes to be a positive way. Your take on her position and views is your opinion which she (and I and many others) is free to reject just as you reject hers. Also, I will listen to persecution when I see evidence of it. Nothing I have seen published so far on this idiocy (as long as they will let reporters cover it, where is the muscle) amounts anything close to persecution. If you want persecution go to Iraq/Syria and see thousands of Christians slaughtered by ISIS because they are true to their faith. That is PERSECUTION. Finally, how do you know what her needs are? Your just a presumptuous name-calling child who should know better. Go check your privilege somewhere else.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
    • 9
      JohnthanIsABrat

      I actually know Johnathan Butler I would not call him a stand up individual. He has led numerous women on around campus and flaunts his money yet he could not pay for healthcare through Obamacare. From my personal experience being around him he is a drunk and his motivations are questionable mainly to gain attention because he wants to be a black civil rights activists and constantly talks about it.

      He was wanting any event to pounce on because honestly he is a subpar human being.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 25
        AndreLeneal

        Every student, instructor, staff, or faculty member has the right to feel safe in their school environment. That prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religious affiliation, Height, size, or anything else that makes a difference. This entire conversation hinges on the idea that it is okay for some people to feel uncomfortable while seking an education because it doesn’t offend other people who are seeking an education. And that is dead wrong.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 21
        AndreLeneal

        I don’t understand how his sex life, alleged arrogance, affluence, or political aspirations could preclude a desire to foster equality? That’s like saying that being female or married or a mother or a smoker or a gymnast clearly precludes one from being a hip-hop dancer.

        Why launch aspersions at a Black Man’said character because you don’t agree with his politics?

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 6
        lalalalove

        The movement he’s started is bigger than him alone. Trying to take him down will not diminish the fact so many students across the nation agree with what he’s about.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
    • 4
      w8notagain

      I’m sorry but you do not go to Mizzou. Do not try to tell students how we should feel about our education directly being negatively affected. How dare you use the word “butt hurt” to describe the feelings on my campus right now. Come to Columbia, Missouri and I promise you will find anything but that. You will find not only an emotionally exhausted school but a town of 150,000 people. I don’t care about your opinion on how students should feel about Mizzou. Pay your tuition and then maybe we can talk.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
      • 70
        lalalalove

        What I’d find more pressing if I came to Mizzou is not the complaints of the people who are exhausted of the media battle and protests, but instead the people of color who have BEEN exhausted of the lack of support your institution (to which they do pay tuition) has given them and are rising up to say enough.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
        • 15
          w8notagain

          Again, you try to speak for people who you do not know and for a situation you are not in. We are not exhausted from a media battle and protests, we are exhausted because our school is horribly divided, our campus is unsafe, our professors fleeing, our admin crumbling, and our education not being provided. You, and the rest the country then weigh us down by trying to tell us how to feel.

          ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
          • 40
            lalalalove

            Okay you def have a point here. Though I know the struggle of people of color very well, I can recognize the privilege I have in being able to witness this unfold on a distance and not on my own college campus. We pay so much for college tuitionin the U.S. and it’s shitty as hell that your campus is basically falling apart and you aren’t getting the education you deserve, i’m sorry. That being said, this is still an issue across the nation on many campuses, not just yours. Though your town has unfortunately been through a lot of undue tension and stress, racism needs to be addressed and dealt with. It is an ugly thing, and because of that, combatting the prejudice is an extremely ugly process as well. I honestly hope that when this is resolved, your campus will thrive with renewed prosperity.

            ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
  2. 159
    passthemalibu

    I tried to stay open minded and put myself in other shoes to understand where some people who agree with this is coming from but I simply can not. I just have a couple of questions.
    1) since you do not agree with Butler’s tactic of protest, what should he have done instead? You seem to disagree with the protesting that students and faculty are doing but gave zero solutions on how to be heard.
    2)what makes you think that being in a sorority or fraternity is as equal as being a POC? You chose to become a sorority girl and men chose to be a fraternity guy. I didn’t choose to be black. No matter how nice I am and no matter how hard I work for what I have It’ll always be assumed that I’m on welfare or I’m lazy just because of my skin tone.
    Yes everyone goes through something but because he is black and this directly effects him as well as students at this institution he chose to protest. Why did not the president act when informed these things were going on? Say you all had construction workers on your campus catcalling y’all. Y’all felt threatened and harassed and y’all went to administration, wouldn’t you want them to act? The students tuition pays for the administration to work and when I have an issue that is disturbing the learning I paid for I expect to see results. It simply shows that he cares. Forget that if he would have done something or said something and nothing gets handled the fact that if he would have said something it would showed that he cared. Those students were protesting peacefully and non violently to be heard just like they did in the 50s. No they did not riot but it was peaceful and people still have an issue with that? People get mad when POC riots to be heard and when they protest peacefully people still get mad. So what would you like them to do just take it? They pay just as much money as the other students there to get a quality education without their life being threatened. Has your life been threatened multiple times because of your skin color? I could go on and on but you aren’t racist, you just have to try to see it through their eyes and just not through yours.
    Stay peaceful TSM ☮

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 35
      Demaine

      Just to point out. As much as you didn’t choose to be black, I didn’t choose to be white. But it’s assumed that because I am, and the author of this article is, we are privileged bigots who had everything in life handed to them and who have no idea the “hardship” of being a person of color. So please don’t claim that you only suffer stereotypes if you’re non-white. As much as people think you’re lazy and on welfare they think I’m an idiot who’s just lucky and never worked for anything in life. That’s been demonstrated by every post disagreeing with the message in this article. The idea that every single white person is somehow privileged is so completely ignorant and arrogant and unfounded in reality. But that’s okay, I’ve realized most of the movement here is unfounded in reality.
      Furthermore, if there were a group of identifiable construction workers catcalling on campus, obviously women would want action taken. And no one is saying those people who were shouting racial slurs on campus shouldn’t have disciplinary action taken. However, to my knowledge they have never been able to identify said individuals and I’d be curious to know how you suggest we go about doing so. Maybe you don’t read your emails from the University ever, but for the last 3 months we have regularly gotten emails directly on the topic of racial tolerance, title 9, and other similar major campus issues. Or maybe you don’t go to MU, in which case you would have no idea what action the administration did or did not take. You just assume none was taken. And then assumed that Tim Wolf was responsible for none being taken (quick interlude – he’s not).
      And just so we’re clear, yes my life has been threatened multiple times just because I’m white. But that’s okay, I know you believe you are the only color that has ever faced racism.
      PAS: racism goes both ways. It goes all ways. It affects every race. And you are not singularly oppressed or affected by it.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 20
        passthemalibu

        No one said that you chose to be white. My point in that sentence was arguing against the point where she spoke on sorority women and fraternity men. You may not see it but systematically speaking you are privileged sorry. Not once did I say that you were a bigot I don’t call anyone that. Tim Wolfe apologized saying that he should have acted when his car clipped a student protestor so in that instance he did nothing. Throughout that whole demonstration he sat in his car as events began to unfold. Furthermore, never in my explanation did I say that blacks are the only ones that go through racism (please look up the word racism I think the word you are looking for is prejudice.) I know that every race and color go through issues and I know white people go through I know I see that as well but don’t think that you still are as equal when it comes to struggles as other minorities. Im sorry that your life has been threatened because of your skin tone it isn’t right but for you to claim that I believe my race is the only race that goes through is distasteful.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • -11
        tobibey

        Trust me sweetie, if you are a white individual you have more than likely never been subjected to racism. The definition of racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Maybe some stereotyping of sorts but I don’t think anyone in America has ever really subjugated the white race in a way that is oppressive and inferior.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 33
        Thatonedrunkgirl

        So the stereotype that we (as white people) are privileged is somehow worse, or even on par, with the ways that POC have been stereotyped against? That’s silly. People are calling this article out because it was handled poorly, is tone deaf, and doesn’t actually suggest anything to the alternative of what’s happening. White people do have privilege. And despite what you might believe, it is much easier in this world to be white than to be any other color. We sit at the top of the power hierarchy. That’s also why reverse racism doesn’t make sense. Racism is institutional, and much more serious than you seem willing to admit. It isn’t just about the students yelling racial slurs, it’s also about the school that allowed it to happen for years and years.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 3
        lalalalove

        no one said that blacks were the only ones who have been discriminated against lol i genuinely think you should look into intersectionality of race class and gender to truly understand privilege.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
  3. 138
    chickey

    This is the most ignorant article I’ve ever read.
    And equating systematic oppression and racism to petty things like the fact that sorority girls are called bimbos is ridiculous.
    I’m sorry racism is inconvenient for you, but maybe you should open your eyes to the racial inequality that exists in this country, and apparently at your school, and reconsider your views.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
  4. 106
    OwlKeyFleur-De-Lis

    Fucking brilliantly said. The Constitution defends a person’s right to free speech, but once your speech infringes on the constitutional rights of another person, your actions are wrong.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 58
      gogi

      so you don’t think having racial slurs yelled at you is harassment? you don’t think seeing feces smeared into a sign of white supremacy and then doing nothing about it infringes on the constitutional rights and feelings of safety for minority students? how can you uphold that the white people are the victims in this situation if you honestly believe that freedom of speech is wrong once it infringes on the rights of others? you are exalting yourselves for being empathetic to others who are just like you- how about reflecting on your own privilege so you can actually be empathetic to those who are truly suffering in the systematic injustice that pervades Mizzou, college campuses, and all of American society?

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
      • -3
        Tuco_1855

        Ok what’s the solution? Should Tim Wolfe have written up a PC pamphlet like Tennessee or created a freshman sensitivity seminar like UNC? Would the racist assholes shouting at mizzou minorities have thought twice about their actions if they were “trained properly” to not be a bigot? NO. There is no solution. I’m not defending Wolfe, I don’t know anything about the guy, but you’re naive to think he would have made a shit difference at all. People are gonna think what they’re gonna think no matter what. The opposite goal was achieved this week by the protesters. The university has never been more divided. The civil rights movement had a cut a dry purpose. The goal was to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans and to secure LEGAL recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law. They were LEGALLY unequal in many facets and fought for equality. What’s the goal here? Stop Racism!!! Sorry, but you can’t tell people what to think.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
  5. 89
    SrattySigKap

    Regardless of this racial component, Time Woolfe and Loftin both failed to do their jobs, as described in their contracts, for years. This was a long time coming and many of us Grad students who have been here for longer than four years have witnessed the decline in quality of life on Mizzou’s campus, along with how the administration chooses to handle themselves in times of crisis. Good riddance to the both of them.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 1
      Demaine

      As a grad student, I completely disagree with your assessment. But I also realize it is mostly swayed by the grad students recent encounter with Loftin’s office and the graduate student Healthcare issue. To which I say: not related to their work dealing with racial issues.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
      • 3
        SrattySigKap

        There’s zero chance you’re a grad student. Real MU grad students have experienced across the board decreases in quality of education, quality of payment, increased hours, overworked without pay situations since Loftin came to this school. He did the same thing to A&M that he’s doing here and every Grad student has been affected.

        And for the record, his handling of race relations is shitty as well. As is his handling of sexual assaults on campus. The Loftin/Woolfe team have had a lazaire faire attitude to leadership since they both got here and deserved to be removed far before this incident.

        So again, good riddance to the both of them.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
  6. 62
    DL_1888

    No. Wolfe is NOT being blamed for other people’s actions. He was ousted because he did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL to address or even acknowledge the incidents that have happened at Mizzou. A real leader doesn’t turn a blind eye to his students. He doesn’t sweep issues under the rug because he doesn’t want to deal with them. He faces them head on and does something about it. Like it or not, Mizzou has been a notoriously racist campus for YEARS. A quick search will yield several stories from people who have experienced it years ago and still do now. There is an article on the history of racism at Missouri that is the top Google search right now.

    I don’t think people are going about this the wrong way at all. How is any progress going to happen if people don’t get noticed? MLK didn’t just sit around and do things quietly. The marchers on Selma didn’t either. If this situation makes you uncomfortable, GOOD. We need to be talking about it. It’s 2015, this shouldn’t even be an issue.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
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      frat masterson

      Totally agree. MLK achieved social justice by using threats of violence; why not employ the same tactic here? I’m tired of lines being drawn society: black vs. white, straight vs. gay, etc. What better way of ending such division than by telling the opposing view to shut up?

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
  7. 61
    ringchingforever

    This post reeks of privileged white girl and low-key racism.

    Also, to suggest that it’s on POC to deal with the insults and racial slurs thrown at them is ludicrous. You’re basically saying it’s the recipients fault that they’re offended. Get real.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
    • 36
      kelswee

      could you please explain to me why calling someone a privileged white girl just because of the color of their skin is any different than assuming someone is a thug because they are black?
      you don’t know anything about her life, yet you’re assuming because she rightfully can disagree with how someone has handled a racial attack, she is a privileged white girl?
      Just because someone is a person of color doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced stereotyping or discrimination solely based on the color of their skin. You are just a hypocrite that is just as bad as someone using a racial slur on a person of color.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 9 months ago
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        Thatonedrunkgirl

        Because one could cost you a job. Or a scholarship. Or admittance to college. Or your actual life. The other is a vague bristling annoyance. Do not try to compare the idea that someone supporting racist comments being called privileged to actual institutionalized racism.

        ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
        • 4
          kelswee

          There isn’t an ounce of that article supporting racial comments, she is trying to say she doesn’t agree with the approach. Racism does not work one way, judging someone based on a race whether it’s calling them a thug or privileged still falls under the definition of racism.

          ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 8 months ago
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        LuckyLola

        Kelswee–Being born a white american inherently comes with a privilege black americans don’t enjoy regardless of social status. It’s not a slur it’s the truth.

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          Mollybloom

          What I took away from this article is that the author doesn’t disagree with the goals, but doesn’t think the tactics will get people closer to it.

          I presume a goal is for students of color to feel they have a safe place to get an education.

          Well….. how safe does it feel now? How well are people studying and learning this week?

          Arguing that any school administrator can stamp out racism is like saying anyone can stamp out disease and hunger. You can work on it, but you’ll never eradicate it.

          From my perspective, what people wanted, but didn’t get, was groveling acknowledgment from the President. So he didn’t. Is Mizzou a better place today now that he’s gone?

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          Mollybloom

          I don’t have a dog in this fight, but racists always believe they speak the truth. I think we’d agree that applying stereotypes to an individual are wrong. Well, you’re applying a stereotype to the author.

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          kelswee

          so because someone is born white they are privileged? even if their parents don’t have enough money to put a roof over their head or food every night. what if they were born to an abusive drug dealer, LuckyLola, are they privileged? You’re blinded if you think they are.

          What’s funny to me is that you’re saying white people can be hated by black people because of the color of their skin? That’s wrong, just like a black person being hated by a white person. Racism doesn’t work in one direction. Until both sides are decide to accept the other as their equal but black or white justifying hate to another race because “they don’t like it” is just ignorant.

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            LuckyLola

            Kelswee, I am saying exactly that. Those born white have an inherent privilege black people do not enjoy regardless of social status. There’s no use arguing with you, you’re too dense to realize what privilege actually means.

            Also how did you deduce this “What’s funny to me is that you’re saying white people can be hated by black people because of the color of their skin?” from my comment above.

            I feel sorry for you that you can’t open your eyes to real social injustices happening every day.

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      mxm100

      No it doesn’t. It reeks of bravery and truth. Tell me, how is it fair that a member of the Black community can go day after day saying comment after comment about the White community being basic, being racist, being stupid, being whatever, yet the moment a White person says the smallest thing about a Black person, EVERYTHING goes down the toilet. My goodness, riots are happening, protests that only hurt people are outbreaking and this society is becoming more and more corrupt. Every race faces racism, every race has a past. Undoubtedly the Black community has endured unspeakable things, but how does that make it okay to do similar things to another race? It’s petty and it’s immature. The only way this country will prosper rather than deplete is if we drop the focus on “ending discrimination” and simply let it happen.

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        MSTminor

        Everything about your comment is what is wrong with most of this country…… You are only saying this because you have been on the side lines watching this all happen and watching others go thru it. If you went through what people are fighting to change then you would be right next to them fighting for racial equality for all. Instead of saying to let it just happen.

        If your child was bullied and called names constantly at school and felt threatened, then you would fight. and im sure outraged if someone replied, “we arent going to try to fight bullying in schools, and just simply let it happen.”

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          kelswee

          I have seen a large amount of white people be bullied by those of color, just because of their skin.
          What’s wrong with the country is nobody is out for equal rights. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions. Whether it is a white person yelling racial slurs or a black person yelling racial slurs.
          The issue is, so many POC feel asps though they are allowed to be racists towards white people but white people can’t be racist towards them.
          Instead of fighting a losing battle of putting races against eachother shouldn’t it be a battle so that all races are accepting of eachother?
          Because of someone who has only ever been seen by the black community as a privileged white girl, when they aren’t, is also a form of discrimination.

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    markcook

    Just clarifying here; you say someone who is conducting a hunger strike is “a man who is so deluded and self-involved that he actually threatened suicide to get his way.” So I’m assuming by this logic that you consider Ghandi to be an incredibly deluded and self-involved man…

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          Laubenstein

          One of Butler’s demands to end the hunger strike was that Wolfe admit his white privilege. Pretty bold coming from a guy whose family is worth millions. Considering he’s more privileged than most kids on that campus, perhaps not the best guy for the movement.

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          ThatMadFratter

          I guarantee that Butler would have thought twice about his self indulgent hunger strike if he had to deal with Medicaid instead of whatever high end health insurance he has because his father makes 8.4 million dollars a year.

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            Thatonedrunkgirl

            OMG his family is rich!!!! So he is completely exempt from racism always. Do you know what this kid was doing? He was using his privilege (money) to fight for people who didn’t have his access to a platform. That is what people with privilege ought to do! Maybe he wouldn’t have done the huger strike (which was not self indulgent) without access to his wealthcare. That is an excellent example of exactly what POC are asking of white people! Start using OUR privilege (race) to help those who don’t have access to it.

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            ThatMadFratter

            “Maybe he wouldn’t have done the hunger strike… without access to his wealthcare”

            You just proved my point for me.

            Of course he wouldn’t have gone on a hunger strike without “wealthcare” because his access to quality healthcare greatly minimizes the risk he faces.

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            Thatonedrunkgirl

            Literally, that’s what I’m saying. There is a good chance that you are right. So… What? Does that mean that his efforts to help people who are being marginalized don’t count? He is using his privilege to help people that would be at more risk doing a hunger strike due to lack of private healthcare.

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