College campuses are supposed to be beacons of freedom, not censorship prisons. I’m not sure that the word has made it to Missouri yet.
Obviously something went down at the University of Missouri. African-American students at the college complained about racial slurs and other racially motivated issues— nothing was done. Hunger strikes and protests ensued.
After intense pressure, the president and chancellor of Missouri stepped down. This may be a good or bad thing, I don’t know. After reading a little on the topic, my gut tells me good riddance.
Now here’s where common sense exits stage left….
Forget about the fact that freedom of speech and press should reign king in college. The question should be asked— what are you trying to do? Why go on a hunger strike and protest? The answer has to be to draw attention to your cause and force change.
If that’s true, then why did the professor and students in this video act like assholes? Where’s the tolerance? I’m not talking about tolerating racism. Racism should not be tolerated. But surely a reporter can not only be tolerated, but used to an advantage. More video on YouTube means more eyeballs on your cause.
In the beginning of the video you have a college professor calling for “muscle” to remove a student journalist. That’s right— we can’t have our sensibilities ruffled— remove that man with force.
Later in the video, students verbally assault an ESPN reporter. If you watched the whole video, you’d notice that an argument occurred over the first amendment.
The fundamental misunderstanding of the first amendment aside, isn’t the point of protesting to draw attention to the cause? Wouldn’t a camera recording the event be a good way to draw attention?
My fear is that we are churning out thin-skinned, intolerant, entitled little brats that are just looking for a reason to be offended. The students in that video didn’t know why they were pissed. Oh, they knew and had every right to be pissed about the racism, but why get mad at a reporter with a camera ready to take your case to the world?
I think mob rule took over. “That offends me” is the only “speech” that they’re interested in. One student says, “You don’t have the right to take our photos” Why not?
Then, in classic mindless mob fashion, the students force the reporter out. “It’s our right to walk forward” says one young lady. Yep, I guess you’re right. Walking forward is a right that we all cherish.
Lastly, there’s no excuse for the professor. She acted like a classless thug and she knows it. I don’t think that she needs to lose her job— an apology will do— because I’m tolerant.
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