University of Missouri, race and justice

 

Letters to the editor:
Administration should have acted sooner

When I went to school, presidents of universities were not removed from their positions by protesting students. It’s not what was done at the University of Missouri, but how it was done that is concerning.

The event is another reminder of the poor quality of administration in our universities despite the exorbitant costs associated with that function. Moreover, college football coaches — who are being compensated with multimillion dollar contracts — should have sided with the administration early in the process to resolve problems of race on campus. Instead, they appear to have supported students simply to preserve their reputations among the players for future recruitment.

It is evident that the key people at Missouri badly mishandled events by allowing them to escalate to an unrecoverable situation.

Jim Kudlinski; Overland Park, Kan.

Learn from non-violent efforts

Why were there no shots fired or mass arrests at the University of Missouri? It’s of historical significance that the protests leading to the resignation of Tim Wolfe, the university system’s president, occurred without destruction of property, arrests or loss of life.

News coverage of the aftermath of the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting in Ferguson, Mo., raised more questions than it answered. Perhaps the student advocacy at Mizzou may help start a national conversation on divisive issues.

Mark M. Spradley; Chevy Chase, Md.

 

 

Free speech was thwarted

For her actions at the University of Missouri, Melissa Click, an assistant professor of mass media, should be banned from public education for life. A video shows her trying to remove a journalist from a protest being held at a public site. She and those who subscribe to her actions are a cancer on our democracy.

Mike McCray; Nashville

Do students have too much power? 

Yes, the Mizzou football players have shown they have power — power to lead by threats and by supporting those who make demands. How strong would their stand have been if their scholarships were pulled or if their team were in the playoff race? Their strength could have been manifested in a positive dialog. By the way they took their stand, they created a sense of anarchy as a way to resolve issues.

Al Tamberelli; Aurora, Ill.

 

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White supremacists insulted themselves 

Those offended on the Missouri campus have every right to be angry.  But they might take minor solace in that the racists, presumably white supremacists, basically insulted themselves.  After all, if a swastika is a symbol of the supremacists involved and white supremacy in general, when they painted it using feces, didn’t they essentially say that they and their cause stink?

Brian Hoard; Charlottesville, Va.

Immigration protests in Arizona linked to Mizzou

The recent racial protests at the University of Missouri reminded us here in Arizona of 2010 when Kris Kobach, at the time a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, came to our state to help write the hated, racist immigration law SB 1070. Maybe a racist culture has been stewing at the University of Missouri for a long time.

Carolina C. Butler; Scottsdale, Ariz.

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