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A slow roll of alleged racist incidents erupted into protests, a hunger strike and a call for the University of Missouri's president, Tim Wolfe, to resign. (His crime appears to have been not saying the right things or plumping up administrative staff in ways pleasing to protesters.)

In the end, the unpaid, revenue-generating football players (modern-day slaves, some say) realized their economic power and forced the administration's hand by boycotting games. It would have cost the school millions.

Wolfe, along with Mizzou's chancellor, resigned.

But as students celebrated the resignations Nov. 9, they started claiming public property as a "safe space," using the concept as a sword, not a shield.

It got ugly when they started physically blocking and evicting the press. They were disturbingly led by several members of the Mizzou faculty (members who ought to be fired for trampling all over the Constitution in such a public, violent way, some say).

Watch student photojournalist Tim Tai's admirable composure below.

Mark Schierbecker, the man who filmed the encounter and was later evicted himself ("I need some muscle over here!" shouts a Mizzou professor in the video above, threatening Shierbecker) tweeted his sentiments.

The whole fiasco speaks to the utter, society-destroying madness of politically correct culture, liberal Jonathan Chait noted:

The upsurge of political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and over. It’s the expression of a political culture with consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be incompatible with liberalism. The reason every Marxist government in the history of the world turned massively repressive is not because they all had the misfortune of being hijacked by murderous thugs. It’s that the ideology itself prioritizes class justice over individual rights and makes no allowance for legitimate disagreement.


American political correctness has obviously never perpetrated the brutality of a communist government, but it has also never acquired the powers that come with full control of the machinery of the state.


The scene in Columbia and the recent scene in New Haven share a similar structure: jeering student mobs expressing incredulity at the idea of political democracy. As far as the students are concerned, they represent the cause of anti-racism, a fact that renders the need for debate irrelevant.

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One of the incidents that sparked the Mizzou protests was this one time when somebody apparently made a swastika on a bathroom wall with poop.

But did it actually happen?

Sean Davis called a bunch of Mizzou employees and police, and couldn't find a single soul who'd actually seen the swastika, leaving the question:

Did the incident happen as reported, or did two university administrators resign over protests that were sparked by a hoax? And if the incident did happen as reported, a proposition for which no publicly available evidence currently exists, how did university administrators and law enforcement authorities confirm that the vandalism was driven by racial animosity, as opposed to being promulgated as a public relations stunt meant to tar the university for failing to provide an environment free of racist invective? It would not be the first time a public university fell victim to a high profile PR stunt that was later revealed to be a fabrication. Either way, students, their parents, university employees, and Missouri taxpayers deserve solid, verifiable answers based on clear evidence about what exactly transpired in that Gateway Wall bathroom in the early morning of October 24.

The Federalist: Was The Poop Swastika Incident at Mizzou a Giant Hoax?

UPDATE (11/12/15): University of Missouri Police released the police report about the poop swastika incident to the Daily Caller and Slate (but not, for some reason, The Federalist, Davis said), which indicates that yes, it appears someone did create a Nazi symbol using fecal matter.

What a world.


In the video above, a Yale student confronts and curses out the college official whose wife sent a wildly offensive email to students -- that is, an email questioning whether maybe people were getting a little too up-in-arms about racism in Halloween costumes.

Read the whole email here.

Conor Friedersdorf tackled the subject of Yale's privileged students' sensitivity:

According to The Washington Post, “several students in Silliman said they cannot bear to live in the college anymore.” These are young people who live in safe, heated buildings with two Steinway grand pianos, an indoor basketball court, a courtyard with hammocks and picnic tables, a computer lab, a dance studio, a gym, a movie theater, a film-editing lab, billiard tables, an art gallery, and four music practice rooms. But they can’t bear this setting that millions of people would risk their lives to inhabit because one woman wrote an email that hurt their feelings?


“We simply ask that our existences not be invalidated on campus,” [a] letter [from students about the incidents] says, catastrophizing.

This notion that one’s existence can be invalidated by a fellow 18-year-old donning an offensive costume is perhaps the most disempowering notion aired at Yale.