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University of Missouri system president Timothy Wolfe resigned on Monday after demands by football players and activists with Concerned Student 1950. It was claimed he didn’t do enough to address racism and bigotry and campus. One of the pieces of evidence in the circumstantial case against him was, bizarrely, a piece of human waste — smeared into a swastika. The only problem: No one can provide evidence it ever existed.

In the age where everyone has a cellphone, Twitter feed, Facebook account, Instagram and Tumblr page, not a single photo of the diarrhea-swastika left in a UM campus dormitory exists. Is there a group of college kids on earth that would allow such an event to escape without photographic evidence? Answer: No.

The Federalist didn’t think so, which is why it began to investigate the alleged Oct. 24 incident.

[Billy Donley, the president of Mizzou’s Residence Halls Association] noted that he only found out about the alleged vandalism incident “via a flyer posted on the walls” of the dorm.

Although Donley did not respond to repeated requests for comment prior to publication, The Federalist spoke with two RHA staffers while trying to get in touch with Donley. Neither had personally witnessed the poop swastika. When asked if there was any photographic evidence of the alleged incident, one staffer replied, “Not to my knowledge.”

Frankie Minor, the director of residential life at Mizzou, did not respond to repeated requests for comment on whether he personally saw the poop swastika or any photographic evidence of it.

The Federalist also attempted to contact Christian Basi, the associate director of the University of Missouri News Bureau, who previously told the Columbia Missourian on Oct. 30 that the incident had been immediately reported to Mizzou police. Basi did not respond to requests for comment prior to the publication of this article.

Calls to the University of Missouri Police Department, which responded to and investigated the alleged poop swastika incident, also failed to yield any evidence of the poopstika.

Here’s where it gets more interesting. The Federalist found online activists using an image as “proof” the incident occurred, but the photo has been floating around Reddit since November 2014. Perhaps racists and bigots have time machines…

The Federalist contacted Concerned Student 1950 for evidence and got nothing. Reporter Sean Davis was left with no other option but to use public records laws to file a request for all reports linked to the poop-swastika.

Now does it become clear why the student activists used “muscle” to force reporters out of their “safe space”? Lies, distortions, exaggerations and hoaxes are in danger of being exposed when questions are allowed to be asked.

And speaking of lies, did you hear the one about Mizzou’s student body president, Payton Head, riling up the entire campus with an imaginary KKK sighting — only to have to apologize hours later? Whoops.

“I’m sorry about the misinformation that I have shared through social media. In a state of alarm, I was concerned for all students of the University of Missouri and wanted to ensure that everyone was safe. I received and shared information from multiple incorrect sources, which I deeply regret,” Head wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday.

Payton Head

Imaginary KKK sightings. A refusal to share evidence of poo-swastikas. Both get national attention, which undoubtedly translates into random idiots who make threats. So then the movement is totally justified, right? Wrong.

Perhaps if we wait a few weeks, then we’ll hear how dead puppies were used to spell out racial epithets in Mizzou’s quad. Just don’t expect activists to take pictures and share them on social media. You’ll just have to take their word for it.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. This is creepy stuff. It reminds me of the hysteria around witch trials, except now we have the added brainwashing aspect of social media.

    I wish people would stand up and say no, refuse to be shamed out of their jobs, and put their foot down. There’s something really dangerous about an emotionally charged crowd all hyped up on twitter rage and I suspect that one of these days it’s going to trigger something much worse, mass riots perhaps or some kind of major societal meltdown.

  2. I’m rather dense I guess; I still don’t get it. What does a swastika have to do with black people? Or with anything, for that matter?

    How do these special snowflakes study World War II? Do they just skip that era of history so nobody gets triggered by the sight of symbols that they don’t like?

    This whole thing is starting from a conclusion that doesn’t follow — why would it matter if it was real? How is a symbol drawn somewhere anything like a credible threat? If someone wrote “kill whitey” on a wall, that would be more like a real threat, but no one would care (and rightly so). How did we come to the point where a symbol that everyone has seen a million times being scrawled someplace is national news?

    I don’t even see why a KKK sighting would matter. If I want to walk across campus in a KKK outfit and take the accompanying boos, why would that matter to anyone else (assuming I don’t wear it into a class and cause a disruption)? Why does it matter to these people what I believe? How does it hurt them for someone who dislikes or disagrees with them to exist on campus?

    I just end up in rafts of questions whenever I encounter one of these things. I think we need to attack the absurd foundation, i.e. that it would matter even if these allegations were true (which they aren’t), which it wouldn’t. Every white student probably shares a campus with at least a few black students who are openly hostile to white people. Who cares if some white students hate black people? If the worst they do is scrawl something on a wall somewhere, what difference does it make?

    1. The other thing about all of this is that they make themselves easy targets. If all it takes for them to melt down is to see the Confederate flag fly by while attached to a truck going, then that’s pretty sad. If I walked in on some guy using his own poo like a Sharpie marker on a bathroom stall, I’d feel sorry for the guy. I’d tell him to seek professional help. I wouldn’t go in my bedroom and cry.

      The KKK is such a joke that it winds up in Coen brothers movies like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Please, let us compare the shooting deaths of minorities in 2015 by KKK members to shooting deaths of minorities from other minorities. The finds will be rather telling.

  3. This is a big problem, with social media false stories can spread incredibly fast, yet they are never verified. Old pictures are used for current events to create false narratives and we get massive overreactions. I fear for our future.

    1. Social media operates at a speed exponentially faster than common sense. In the hands of fools, it is capable of enormous destruction before logic and reason have a chance to enter the arena.

  4. So that Missouri college football team joined a protest that for all intents and purposes, was based on a hoax?
    Fantastic, its the ‪#‎BoycottStarWarsVII‬ thing all over again. Only this time it’s over a feces swastika that probably doesn’t even exist.

    Racism is alive and well they say? Well I agree. However I tend to think that it’s more acts of race baiting and faux-outrage that’s going on these days then acts of legitimate racism. Not necessarily saying that the latter doesn’t still happen, but neo-progressive tend to run with whatever suits their already preconceived narrative.
    It’s not a university’s job to create “safe spaces” or stomp out racial prejudice, because it’s impossible to do so.

    Stupid people will continue to do stupid things regardless of whatever superfluous rules and regulations you try to enforce.

    This is why modern activism is such a joke.

    1. Mizzou gave in to the pressure and released its report and emails on the incident. It wasn’t a hoax, but it seems to be just as bad. The kid they suspected of making the poo-swastika wasn’t white.

      “We did have a incident that was just reported last week where an intoxicated individual said ‘bitch ass nigga’ to a white resident when having a heated interaction with multiple black residents in the third floor lounge, which is the same floor this bathroom incident happened on. The individual that reported said he was offended by this but felt like it was not directed at him or the other black residents in the lounge. …

      The accused student in the above incident has also been reported to have made anti-Semitic remarks to the members of a Jewish fraternity. It is possible that the aforementioned student may be responsible for the swastika vandalism as he is a resident of Gateway.”

      This whole thing keeps getting weirder and weirder.

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