Last week, students at Mizzou were in uproar over the lack of enforcement by the university against racial slurs and several hate crimes in recent months against the student body; specifically targeting the black community. Many were overly joyed and pleased when the president and chancellor, Tim Wolfe of the university stepped down and was replaced by a black candidate. The Mizzou football players who took to Twitter last weekend, refusing to return to practice and forfeit any games unless Tim Wolfe stepped down, has returned to practice and agreed to play in upcoming games. Graduate student, Johnathan Butler, 25 who went on a week long hunger strike after it became known that swastikas were painted on new white walls in the dorms, is now eating again.
Despite a few free speech comments in social networking websites by a few Missouri adolescents making statements that all black people needed to die and a couple arrested over death threats, things were finally calming down. Media coverage over these events swept the nation but when the media took a swift turn of events following the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris, many ungrateful Mizzou students hit the racial tension-panic button again because the felt that they deserved all of the media attention and not Paris.
How ungrateful and narcissistic do people need to be in order to feel that they need to be the center of attention versus the hundreds of people executed by ISIS terrorists? I get it; yes, what happened at Mizzou is horrible and the civil rights backlash is attempting to move forward with new leadership. It will no-doubt take time to rebuild the trust between Mizzou’s faculty and the student body but patience will be something that everyone will need to practice. I suspect that the majority of the student body is too young to remember the event of 9/11/01 but it was devastating no matter where in the world people lived. If they think for a single moment that other countries were not willing to help Americans with aid following the aftermath of September 11th, then they are sadly mistaken. By turning media coverage to the Pairs aftermath and by the United States offering aid to help another country does not in any way suggest that the incidents at Mizzou were not tragic but we need to look at the bigger picture here.
To those who are suggesting that the media and Americans grief stricken by the events of the Paris attacks should be concentrating solely on Mizzou right now and not to Paris which included American tourists and students, then I have just three words, “Shame on You.” The irony is that many of the comments have claimed that the Media and everyone else no longer has any empathy for Mizzou students and faculty who were victimized by racial tension and yet; those making the Twitter comments (See slideshow), had actually taken the time to think before speaking, they would probably see that it is ‘they’ who are acting selfish and not those they are accusing of being.
To the woman who made the comment, “I find it ironic that terrorism is only valid when it is effecting non people of power,” — I find it ironic that you do not see that terrorism affects people of all races, gender, ethnicity, etc. Paris is not solely a place where white people reside. To the woman who said, “The fact that Paris is getting so much coverage yet the black students at #Mizzou aren’t surely explains America. SMH (shaking my head),” merely shows two things. (1), For someone claiming to be a college student, they do not know how to write with basic grammar. (2) Mizzou was getting media coverage and not just local news but national news and they probably would have continued to receive media coverage had it not been for a terrorist attack with around 150 dead and hundreds more injured, and thousands traumatized but God for bid, media turned to something like another 9/11 over instead of a series of events at Mizzou that were just beginning to take a step in the right direction.
While I am a Civil Rights and Human Rights Activist, I truly believe that the university is attempting to rectify the racial tension; however, it is people like those who have made these Twitter comments that makes them no better than those who were engaged in the racial slurs and graffiti. It sounds like some people just do not want to let things go and would rather turn it into another Ferguson or Baltimore rioting factor which makes them no better than the terrorists. To the woman who said, “Maybe if you people get some respect and tolerance to hear our outcries, then we’ll care more about yours. We are not as heartless as you!” Please think before you post and take a long look in the mirror because the lack of sympathy that you claim others lack by carrying for those effected by the Pairs aftermath, only shows how very little empathy you have for others. We need to come together as one.
“We must come together as brothers, or perish together like fools.”
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.