What’s happened at The University of Missouri is baffling. There is good reason to believe the students, that there was a problem on that campus because the students had the support of coaches and administrators in their calls to address racial tension on campus. That part is clear. (And, with respect to a gentleman yesterday who wanted to get into the weeds about this with me: yes, I think that support is an important point because I remember being a 20 year old college student and how easily I let my passion inform my perception, often erroneously.) What’s less clear is why the president of the Missouri University system and the chancellor had to lose their jobs when they were, from the outset, trying to work with the student group who had sent them a “list of demands” (which is, uncomfortably, the language of a hostage negotiation).
So, because it’s muddy, I’m not sure I can offer any clarity. But I hope those students who felt the campus was a hostile environment for them find some solace in the recent turn of events. I can offer something I saw on Twitter that I think applies:
Why give the cruel assholes of the world so much power? “He called me a name!” “Well, so what? He’s an idiot, that’s what idiots do.”
— Jonathan Weir (@JonKMBZ) November 10, 2015