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.
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.