The news is ablaze with the rising firestorm of student protests across the country who, after seeing the success of students at the University of Missouri force the resignation of both the President and Chancellor, hope to share in that success by forcing “change” at their schools too. The latest news is reported by Fox in their article titled, “Chaos on campus: Students protest, call for heads to roll at schools around country.”
As many as 20 other campuses around the country were planning marches Thursday, including St. John’s, Syracuse and Columbia universities in New York, Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Disaffected students at Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Michigan were preparing a list of demands and threatening action, according to The Seattle Times. Black alumni at Georgia Tech were crafting a letter to that university’s president, urging a continued commitment to diversity.
A popular professor at Missouri said he resigned Wednesday after students lashed out at him for pledging to give a scheduled exam amid spiraling protests, but the university said Thursday it rejected his resignation. Students at Ithaca College in New York, Yale University and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee were calling to ax administrators over responses to perceived incidents of racism, and even more campuses were pledging solidarity with the burgeoning social justice movement.
As an outside observer, I can’t help but think these protests are a result of what these very same Universities have taught their students for decades. The two University of Missouri Professors inciting violence against Tim Tai and another reporter in this video provides is just one example of how the Universities have sowed the seed of violent protest. Listen as Professor Melissa Click called in “the muscle” to physically attack a reporter.
Despite having resigned from leadership, the former President of U of M should be proud of his success in teaching students to look for the Microaggressions that exposed his hidden racism.
Prof. Carol M. Swain should take joy in being called an insensitive racist by her students who demand she take sensitivity training. Sure, the charges are hurtful to her ego as she writes on her FB page.
Only an idiot would think a 61-year-old black woman who has spent much of her life in academia would benefit from sensitivity training.
…but, after the sting of the accusation goes away, I am sure Dr. Swain will take joy in knowing her students have been trained well and these attacks are really the fruit of her awesome teaching.
So while these student protests at our Universities may seem chaotic, they are really a success story of the quality education they provide. The fact that these same Presidents, Provosts, and Professors are losing their jobs, is just a hard reality of their ultimate success.
Congratulations Prof. Dale Brigham, your resignation proves you are a successful University President!