Manufacturing Racism? New Year, New Mizzou

Since the unnecessary unrest at University of Missouri last fall, many prominent donors decided to forego financial support, totaling over $2 million dollars. If you recall, there were many alleged incidents of racism, some unfounded, others, well unfounded, but nevertheless both the University of Missouri System Presidents, Tim Wolfe, and Mizzou Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, resigned.

Tom Hiles, Mizzou’s Vice Chancellor of Advancement, told the Associated Press many donors were angered by the protests, and felt the students were given too much power. A few donors were apparently angry with Melissa Click, an assistant communications professor caught on video calling for “some muscle” to handle a couple of student journalists trying to capture the scene in a public area. Sure $2 million isn’t a lot in comparison to the $1.3 billion projected to land in Mizzou’s account this year, but it definitely leaves a mark.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 9.47.29 AMJonathan Butler, the young man that created the chain reaction causing the unrest with his hunger strike for 4 whole days, is now touring the country with Black Lives Matter speaking to anyone who will pay to listen. Being the son of a multi-millionaire must be tougher than I can imagine, as Butler often preaches about the “struggle” and the dangers of capitalism. From what I gather, Butler actually learned a few things during his stint at the “unsafe” university as both an undergrad and graduate. His statement speaks volumes; it seems he decided to take his University of Missouri history lesson, outlining actual instances of racism on campus dating back 45 years, and linked the true crimes to the Michael Brown case that took place off campus in Ferguson:

 “These strategies (for diversity and inclusion) started with Lloyd Gaines back in 1935 as he pursued a law degree here at MU and was faced with racism and hate. It continued in 1939 with Lucille Bluford fighting for her right to an education. It continued in 1969 with black students fighting for their rights and demanding increases in black faculty and staff. It continued in 2014 with the creation of MU4MikeBrown.”

Yes, you read that correctly. No, it makes no sense. So what safety measures have been put in place for black students on campus at the University of Missouri since the unrest? If I hear anything I’ll let you know. Thus far it remains as unsafe as Butler claimed, yet no word of dropouts due to racism.

Kimberly Klacik

District of Columbia Politichick Kimberly Klacik has a passion for politics. Once a democrat and President Obama supporter, Kimberly began to recognize the "land of the free" was slowly becoming the "land of the lost". As a nonprofit Founder/Executive Director headquartered in Baltimore, MD., Kimberly witnesses firsthand the misuse of government aid and the cultural crisis creating an economic disaster. Potential Me is an organization supporting women going into either the workforce, college, trade school, or the military. Kimberly spent most of her childhood in Accokeek, Maryland writing country music and reading a ton of fiction. From the hospitality industry to teaching gymnastics to preschoolers, Kimberly now considers herself a proficient people person. As a volunteer on Capitol Hill, Kimberly will converse with both members of Congress and their staff, on the record, in hopes of gaining some insight on what makes them tick.

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