The University of Missouri really didn’t want to release its police report on the infamous “poo-swastika.” It took an enormous amount of pressure for cave-in to happen, but now that it did the details make its president’s resignation even weirder.
Mizzou officials played it by the book. They did everything a reasonable institution would do in the aftermath of such a report (e.g., contacting the university’s Title IX office, executive director of Mizzou Hillel, and minority communities on campus). They even zeroed in on a suspect.
Here’s where it gets…interesting.
The following feedback was given by Salama Gallimore, the lead investigator in the university’s Title IX office, to Gateway Hall coordinator Susan Cohn. Copies of the email exchanges were obtained by The Federalist.
“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. Since the student has allegedly engaged in acts of racism and anti-Semitism, I feel that it is important to consider that the swastika drawn in fecal matter (even if it was not drawn by the student under investigation) was meant to offend and threaten a larger population of our campus community in addition to Jewish students.”
Let us recap so this is abundantly clear:
- Concerned Students 1950 is upset about Mizzou’s handling of the Oct. 24 “poo-swastika” incident, even though the situation was expeditiously dealt with.
- A Jewish student gets into an argument with a black student in his dorm — one previously charged with anti-semitic remarks — and days later the poo-swastika appears. (We are never definitively given the suspect’s name or race, but that is the most logical conclusion based on, “an intoxicated individual said ‘bitch ass nigga’ to a white resident when having a heated interaction with multiple black residents.”)
- The actions by someone who reasonable people will conclude is a black student are used as evidence that black students should not feel safe on campus.
- The university president resigns Monday, Nov. 9.
What are we left to conclude from this whole fiasco?
Answer: Like human waste smeared on a dormitory wall, Mizzou and its students are an intellectual mess. The teachers are a mess, the administrators are a mess, and the students are a mess.
If you want to get an education, going to an expensive university is probably not the prudent choice in 2015.
Accruing tens-of-thousands of dollars in student loans for the gobbledygook dished out by most institutions is a bad idea. Unless a student places a high value on the nepotism-factor supplied by prestigious universities, it is better to look for the school that respected but easy on the wallet.