Racism, Economic Illiteracy Fuel Campus Protests

Yesterday apparently was unofficial Protest Day at campuses across the country.

Encouraged perhaps by the nonsense that has recently been going on at “Mizzou” — the University of Missouri — students around the nation took up their pickets and pitchforks and marched.

What for exactly varied, and in some cases the students themselves didn’t seem too certain why they were making a hullabaloo. Racism seemed to be the main issue, although as befitted a fundamentally socialist movement, economics reared its head as well.

At Claremont McKenna College in California, where protests got the dean of students to resign Thursday, a crowd of students in a racial “safe space” booed and jeered a young Asian woman who described harassment by a black man and said “blacks can be racist too.”


“I came to this country five years ago when I was 15, alone, through a boarding school in Pennsylvania,” the young student began. “And all I heard is, ‘if you don’t speak English, go home.’ ‘If you don’t speak good English, go home.’ ‘I don’t date Asians,’ and ‘I’d like to have sex with a girl from all the continents that’s why I want to date you.'”

She then described an incident when she was with friends and a threatening black man stopped his car and began yelling that they should “go home.”

“The point I’m making here,” she said “is that we should not distinguish people by their race or gender or anything. Black people can be racist. … I just mean we have to look at people individually.”

Representatives of the “safe space” crowd responded by snatching the microphone and shutting her down. According to the MediaIte blog, someone yelled out, “How is this relevant to the college failing to provide a space for people of color?”

I would suggest it’s relevant as a lesson about how quickly the “safe space” turns into a race-based tyranny. But hey, that’s me.

At the University of California San Diego, a raucous pre-lunch crowd of students marched through the campus center shouting for free tuition. The rabble rousers led the crowd in various chants aimed at the UC regents and the high cost of tuition.

“We see students, UC profits!” was one chant. “If you want to educate, stop raising our tuition rate!” was another.

They should have run the chant list past some marketing students. …

At any rate, the students carried a plethora of signs calling for free tuition and urging President Obama to extend his plan for free community college to the nation’s universities.

Obviously, economic illiteracy is alive and well. Of course, being California, perhaps the students honestly think their parents would like to pay 80 percent or more of their income to the government to get “free” tuition.

This national round of vocalizing by youngsters who should be studying for their midterms seems to have been inspired by the series of recent events at the University of Missouri that led to the resignation of the university president over alleged racism at the college.

From tales about poop swastikas and secret chapters of the KKK to anonymous threats on social media, the Mizzou students have been frothing like overcooked soup for several weeks. The protests have claimed the careers of the president, an overzealous communications professor and at least one other professor who resigned in disgust after black students claimed fear over an anonymous online threat as a reason to not show up for a scheduled test and called the professor a racist for not rescheduling.

The interim president at Mizzou, it turns out, according to Breitbart, worked with the student protesters to make a race relations video and organize their campaign that led to President Tim Wolfe resigning. Suddenly, the events at Mizzou look less like student activism and more like a sneaky coup.

The way these things go, whether the protesters get their lists of demands met will depend mostly on how much noise they make.

And that’s bad because most of these student protests are based on ignorance and half-truths or outright lies.

This could be a teachable moment, with the adults at all the universities hit by protests standing up and staring down this socialist-driven outburst.

But history suggests that won’t happen, so expect more noise to come from young people with more energy than intelligence.