Today, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe stepped down amidst a protest by racial activists, faculty, and football team members. Even thought the activist leading the hunger strike that sparked the widespread campus protest admitted that his complaints had nothing to do with Tim Wolfe himself, black football players, along with large swaths of campus faculty, demanded that he resign. And why? Because of the color of his skin. Ironically, the protestors failed to see the inherent racism in demand that he quit his job.
from Daily Caller:
The focus of the calls for Wolfe to resign is a hunger strike by Jonathan Butler, a University of Missouri graduate student.
Butler — who appears in the photo with the 32 players — wants to force Wolfe’s resignation because of a handful of recent incidents which have occurred on the Columbia, Mo. campus.
In a letter to school officials posted on his Facebook page, Butler indicated that he began his hunger strike because someone in a pickup truck allegedly shouted a racist insult at a black student government member, because state law prevents Planned Parenthood from performing on-campus abortions and because someone drew a swastika with human feces in a dormitory bathroom.
Some observers have suggested that the bathroom swastika may be a hoax. Why, law professor blogger Ann Althouse has asked, for example, would any dedicated racial supremacist create a swastika out of human feces?
Butler admits in the letter that none of the incidents he cites are Wolfe’s fault. Nevertheless, Butler has concluded, “as a collection of incidents at the university, they are his responsibility to address.”
So, if the incidents are not Wolf’s fault, then why call for his resignation in the first place? The answer is simple: Tim Wolfe is white, and that is his crime. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the absurd list of demands by the protestors:
I. We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-9-5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.
II. We demand the immediate removal of Tim Wolfe as UM system president. After his removal a new amendment to UM system policies must be established to have all future UM system president and Chancellor positions be selected by a collective of students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
III. We demand that the University of Missouri meets the Legion of Black Collegians’ demands that were presented in 1969 for the betterment of the black community.
IV. We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained, and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.
V. We demand that by the academic year 2017-2018, the University of Missouri increases the percentage of black faculty and staff campus-wide to 10%.
VI. We demand that the University of Missouri composes a strategic 10 year plan by May 1, 2016 that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.
VII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding and resources for the University of Missouri Counseling Center for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals — particularly those of color, boosting mental health outreach and programming across campus, increasing campus-wide awareness and visibility of the counseling center, and reducing lengthy wait times for prospective clients.
VIII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding, resources, and personnel for the social justices centers on campus for the purpose of hiring additional professionals, particularly those of color, boosting outreach and programming across campus, and increasing campus-wide awareness and visibility.
Notice that the demands have nothing to do with the merits of students or faculty. It’s all about skin color…who has the right skin color, and who has the wrong skin color. It’s not a demand for equality of recognition for merit…it’s a demand that black students and faculty be placed on a pedestal, that white students in faculty be forced to admit that there’s something inherently wrong with the color of their skin. It is pure, distilled racism, and the fact that Tim Wolfe and the University of Missouri administration is caving to this kind of injustice is sad sign of our times. We have traded the morality of reward for merits for the immorality of choosing whose skin color matters the most.
There is no moral high ground for the football players or the activists that started this protest, quite the opposite. Their racism and disdain of white people is plainly evident. If you’re pursuing punishment of a person who you admit had no control over a series of events, and your justification is that he has “white privilege,” then you are the racist, not the other way around.