Black members of the University of Missouri Tigers football team scored a resounding triumph for grievance-mongers everywhere today when university president Tim Wolfe caved in to pressure and resigned. It was a rare victory for the Tigers whose on field suckitude has already eliminated them from even the lowest of the bottom feeder bowl games. Shortly after getting walloped by Mississippi State in front of a home crowd on Saturday, a number of mutinous black players took to Twitter to announce that they weren’t down with serving on massa Wolfe’s plantation anymore and refused to suit up for another game – in effect threatening to blow up the rest of what was already a lost season.
Wolfe had become the figurehead or more accurately, the scapegoat for a series of alleged racist incidents on campus including a feces swastika on the wall of a dormitory bathroom (no word on whether a DNA test was conducted to ID the actual race of the culprit). Once the national press caught the scent of blood and began to swarm, Wolfe was a dead man walking and was rapidly sucked under by the maelstrom.
Reuters reports that “University of Missouri president resigns after race protest”:
The University of Missouri’s president stepped down on Monday after protests by the school’s football team and other students over what they saw as his soft handling of reports of racial abuse on campus.
Tim Wolfe’s high-profile resignation was the latest shock to the state of Missouri, and the United States at large, which has been roiled for more than a year by racial tensions after police shot and killed an unarmed young black man in the state.
Unrest at the university, widely known as “Mizzou,” started on Sept. 12 when Payton Head, president of the Missouri Students Association, said on his Facebook page that he was repeatedly racially abused on campus by someone riding in a pickup truck.
His post went viral, and the lack of any strong reaction by Wolfe led to demonstrations at the school’s homecoming parade the following month, when protesters blocked the university president’s car, according to local news reports.
Later that month, a swastika drawn in human feces was found in a university dorm building, according to the Residence Halls Association.
Protests reached a critical point this weekend when the university’s black football players refused to practice or play until Wolfe stepped down, and some teachers and students threatened to walk out of class.
The Washington Post further elaborates in the story “How the Missouri football team just took down its university president”:
There are a few reasons that the football team’s protest garnered more attention — and was probably more likely to yield results. Given that this is fundamentally a political protest, it probably won’t come as a surprise that those reasons overlap heavily with methods of leveraging political power.
First, the team is the public face of the student body. Any number of people who live in the state but don’t have relatives in the University of Missouri system likely know student-athletes by name. Butler did a good job of making his concerns known, but having students already known and respected by the community make a similar argument lowers the bar for sympathy to the cause.
Second, the team leveraged pressure on an immediate timeline. Next Saturday, the Missouri Tigers are scheduled to play the Brigham Young Cougars. As Saturday neared, the school was under increasing pressure to resolve the dispute as public attention to the conflict continued to grow. Butler’s threat was more dire, of course, but its duration was unclear.
Third, the team’s protest threatened immediate economic damage to the university. This is perhaps the biggest issue at play. A contract between Missouri and BYU obtained by the Kansas City Star reveals that cancellation on the part of the Tigers would result in a $1 million fine to be paid to BYU within 30 days of the cancellation.
So once again, matters of principle in big time college sports take a back seat to big money and Wolfe’s balls were chopped off over the $1 million penalty that the university would have had to cough up to BYU if there was no game this weekend. There is a legal term for what a mouthy, militant minority and their media enablers just pulled off and that term is extortion. Throwing Wolfe under the bus with such lightning fast speed also sets a terrible example and sends a very loud message to all aspiring political correctness terrorists that they can expect similar results whenever they are offended. With it implicitly guaranteed that the media will provide cover that will portray any institution as racist you can expect to see more such lynchings in the future.
In late breaking news the headhunters added another scalp to their collection as University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin just announced that he would be following Wolfe out the door come the new year.