The vast majority of college students across our nation today are able to handle injustices without resorting to childish behavior. That is not true for a group of students at the University of Missouri that are protesting over racial incidents which led to Tim Wolfe stepping down as president.
Most news reports indicate the incidents include racial slurs hurled at black students “and other slights.” One student began a hunger strike until Wolfe resigned. There are some hard truths in life that will not go away regardless of how often young adults hold their breath until they get their way.
We are judged by our actions and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Do you really think any hiring manager watching and listening to the tirades will hire these students? How many companies will feel at ease hiring anyone from the University of Missouri when they see their tenure occurred in 2015?
What these students do not realize is they bit their nose to spite their face. Of course, given their inability to cope with life they will no doubt whine Corporate America is racist when no one hires them. They did it to themselves but in a society of victims not one of them will take responsibility for their actions or hold themselves accountable for their fate. It’s always someone else’s fault.
A few things they should consider. They chose to attend a University that is an “overwhelmingly white, 35,000-student campus.” The football players that refused to participate in any football activities, chose to accept scholarship money to play for the football team. They chose to wreak havoc at homecoming.
I do not know enough about the racial issues to determine whether those actions were necessary. It may have been such a terrible environment that desperate times called for desperate measures. Based on the behavior I am witnessing and rhetoric I am hearing from the protesters, I suspect it’s children gone wild. And guess what? A majority of the nation watching this tragedy play unfold have made their own conclusions.
The fact Wolfe resigned is another disturbing example of cowardice from supposed leaders. If he created an environment that perpetuated racism than he deserves to lose his job. What if he did not and the students decided to take a page out of the Ferguson playbook simply because they could?
Instead of resigning, what if Wolfe told the students to continue the protests while classes went on and then failed the protesters for the semester? What if he waited to see if the student on the hunger strike grabbed a pizza on the twentieth day? What if the football team forfeited the remainder of the season?
That is a harsh reality but Life is a harsh reality. Wake up students, no boss or company will tolerate childish behavior and you will find yourself on the unemployment line. The students can blame whomever they want for their fate in life but the real blame lies with them.
Likewise, the political leaders of Missouri have themselves to blame for creating an environment that fosters protests. The people see protesting works so they’ll keep doing it while commerce will go away.