The football team at the University of Missouri last year threatened to boycott the season because of what students say was the school president’s insufficient response to black students’ complaints about racial slights on campus.
Disgruntled students smelled blood in the water and started disruptive protests and demanded the president’s resignation. He quit. So did the chancellor.
These protests brought a now-fired professor into the national spotlight, Melissa Click, who, on camera, called for “muscle” to remove a student photographer. More alarming was campus police encouraging students “who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions” to contact them.
A taxpayer-supported school’s police department — law enforcement — essentially told students to turn in other students who expressed dissent.
Now the University of Missouri has to deal with something the people who run it should have expected and sought to avoid.
Fox News reported that administrators received 7,400 pages of emails that showed how the school “lost the support of longtime sports fans, donors, and alumni. Parents and grandparents wrote in from around the country declaring that their family members wouldn’t be attending Mizzou after the highly publicized controversy. Some current students talked about leaving.”
Sources reported last month that because of declining freshman enrollment for the upcoming school year, the university had to shut down dorms. According to Fox News, there’s a $32 million funding gap and a drop in fundraising.
Actions have consequences. Among the students’ demands were hiring more black faculty and staff and funding “diversity” outreach. With a budget shortfall and hiring freeze, thanks to protesters (irony alert), that likely won’t happen anytime soon.