I have my own thoughts regarding the protests going on around the country at our universities. But I’ll leave it to a fantastic liberal poly-sci professor here at NC State to sum it up:
Through all the reporting of the University of Missouri situation, I can’t help but think the “offenses” of the University President are not the sort for which one should lose one’s job. Does anybody actually think for a second that Wolfe condones racism on campus? Does a college president have to issue an official statement saying “racism is wrong and has no place on our campus” anytime somebody hears the n-word? Everybody already knows this– right? And everybody already knows the university president surely believes this– right? So why does he need to lose his job over this. Now, it would be one thing if there was something institutional about racism at University of Missouri (that is, more insitutional there than institutional racism is anywhere else, of course), but the events that formed the initial basis of the protests seemingly have nothing to with Missouri as an institution accept for the fact that some of the people who attend it (or at least drive through campus) are racists.
Does anyone think that the administrations of these universities, including Yale for gads sake, are not through and through liberals who are otherwise allies to those seeking racial equality?