November 09, 2015
Who’s in Charge Here…
Further evidence of where the real power lies in higher education. Next thing you know the jocks will go on strike till the adjunct faculty gets paid a living wage. Oh, sorry. Next time wake me up when I drift off dreaming.
The president of University of Missouri resigned Monday amid criticism over his handling of complaints regarding racial bias and racist slurs on campus, acknowledging “the frustration and anger” that he saw among students “is real.”
Tim Wolfe said the termination of his position would be effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system’s governing body, the Board of Curators.
For months, black student groups have complained about racial slurs and bias within the system’s overwhelmingly white flagship campus in Columbia. Their efforts got a boost over the weekend when more than 30 black football players announced they wouldn’t participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 09, 2015 01:44 PM
A bit unfair. Please indulge me. As a Mizzou alumnus, I gotta be true to my school.
Mizzou is not overwhelmingly white. It has about a nine percent black student body which is about average for land grant universities. The Hispanic population is even lower. We, who follow your blog, are integrationists. This lack of parity is not because Mizzou isn't trying.
The resignations of the president and chancellor were not because the school could lose a couple million dollars by forfeiting a football game. Hell, the head coach, who stood with the players, makes four million a year. It was about the national press and the embarrassment it brought to the school.
Mizzou is not racist. Recall Michael Sam, the black, gay linebacker and the solidarity behind him. The current head of the student body is black and gay.
The resignations were, as everywhere in this country, about some jerks who acted out their racism and that the president and chancellor turned a deaf ear to it. So, they had to go.
I must have left the wrong impression. I wasn't trying to state an opinion on the present controversy, about which I would probably feel about the same as you if I had been paying as close attention to the dispute. I just meant to point out that football in American universities is becoming more powerful than the academy's ostensible purpose, education. It isn't that the jocks should or shouldn't fire the president. It's that they could. The Phi Beta Kappas couldn't. The faculty club couldn't.