Is the Entire Mizzou Protest Based On Lies?

COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 9: Tents remain on the Mel Carnahan quad on the campus of University of Missouri – Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests over racial tensions at the university. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Michael B. Thomas Getty Images North America

The first column I wrote on the Mizzou controversy analyzed the allegations and pointed out that firing a president had zero connection to any of the allegations or the demands for the protesters. In that column I accepted the protester’s allegations as true. But as the week has gone on and the protesters have been exposed as anti-first amendment, selectively racist, and, last night, willing to perpetrate actual lies to get more attention, isn’t it time to examine whether these incidents are actually real?

That is, what if there’s actually zero basis for the strike in the first place? What if these alleged incidents never happened and the media just accepted them without asking any questions at all? The entire protest is based on three things, none of which have been independently verified, a poopswastika, an off-campus racial slur, and an on campus racial slur.

So let’s examine each of them in order. 

1. There is no evidence of the poopswastika.

In this modern era, when college kids take photos of everything, when video emerges of virtually everything that takes place on campus, how is that there is no eye witness who can say that a poopswastika ever even existed?

Not one person. 

Read the article linked above, it’s exhaustive reporting. There’s not one shred of evidence that a poopswastika ever existed. As the article said, it’s an immaculate defecation.  

UPDATE: Mizzou has released a police report of the poopswastika. You can read that here. The police report says that an officer observed a poopswastika on the wall with feces beneath it. So someone took actual feces in their hand and scrawled on a bathroom wall? We still don’t know the intent behind the poopswastika. Further, because what could be more absurd than the previous sentence I just wrote, a janitor employed at Mizzou wrote in the comments section below that she cleaned up the poopswastika and she also posted her comments on her own Facebook page.

Now that we know someone took feces and wrote on the wall isn’t this evidence of a really deranged individual more than its evidence of a campus overrun by racism? Isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear of a poopswastika, who the hell put their hands in poop and used it to write on a bathroom wall? Isn’tt the person who did it probably insane? 

2. Mizzou’s student body president, Payton Head, a gay black man, accused unknown and never found perpetrators in a red truck of hurling racial slurs at him off campus.

Assuming that this incident even happened, how is Mizzou responsible for what a non-student says off campus?

Isn’t it more significant that Mizzou students elected a gay black man campus president? And that Mizzou almost universally supported Michael Sam, a gay black man who became the first athlete to go public with his homosexuality? Does that sound like a campus with inclusiveness issues to you? Would a divided, racist campus have a gay black student as its top representative and have offered nearly universal support and acceptance to Sam? 

Moreover, given that Head also reported that the KKK was on campus last night and that he’d been in contact with the national guard — it’s totally normal for a student body president to be the top liason for the national guard, right? — isn’t it also fair to question whether this story is awfully convenient for someone who has political ambitions and gains a ton of positive coverage for it? That is, Head gained an awful lot here. 

And if he’ll make up the KKK on campus — and then be forced to retract that comment after he’s terrified thousands on the campus and his allegation can be proven to be false — why wouldn’t he also be capable of making up an off campus racial slur?

And, by the way, WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT OF MISSOURI SUPPOSED TO DO ABOUT AN OFF CAMPUS RACIAL SLUR?

I mean, that sucks, I wish racism didn’t exist, but how is this Mizzou’s responsibility?

One racial slur happened on campus — it was a drunk dude stumbling around on campus — but, again, why is this this the president’s reponsibility? And, as much as it might suck to be insulted, racism isn’t illegal. Mere words are not crimes. At least not yet. 

(In the wake of all the attention, one 19 year old non-Mizzou student has been arrested 75 miles from campus for making threatening comments on Yik Yak, a popular anonymous site on campuses across the country. The only possible way to handle this comment by a non-student is by firing the CEO of Yik Yak, right?) 

3. The hunger striker, who claimed he was hunger striking based, at least initially, on grad school health care costs, is the son of a man who made almost seven million dollars last year. 

He grew up in a $1.3 million dollar mansion in Omaha. For reference sake, that’s a big house in Omaha. Warren Buffett, one of the five richest men in the world, lives in an Omaha house worth $500,000.

Now, merely being rich doesn’t mean you can’t advocate for social justice. But when the first platform of your demands for social justice is that the president of Mizzou should publicly denounce his white privilege, shouldn’t you also have to acknowledge and denounce the fact that you are wealthier than 99.99% of the people on earth?

Moreover, on the privilege flow chart, doesn’t being worth over $20 million rank an awful lot higher than merely being white? In other words, is there anyone out there who wouldn’t trade their race in exchange for $20 million? Because I 100% would. Black, white, asian, hispanic, green, blue, I will be any color for the rest of my life if you give me $20 million to do it.

On top of that, the “hunger striker” — I question whether he was actual hunger striking too, by the way, what evidence do we have of that? — said he was hunger striking because of increased graduate school health care costs. YOUR DAD MADE NEARLY $7 MILLION LAST YEAR, BRO. Check your privilege. Do you really think he didn’t have the money for health care?

The hunger striker has also been on campus for nearly eight years. If Mizzou was such an awful, racist place, wouldn’t you go somewhere else for grad school?

Finally, how am I the only person talking about how rich the hunger striker is? Isn’t that kind of a big detail when your hunger strike is attacking the privileges of others? You are literally one of the most privileged people in the world. Infinitely more privileged, for instance, than the man you demanded be fired from his job.

Oh, and the hunger striker was also spreading lies last night on campus. So much so that the university’s official Twitter account felt obligated to respond to him because so many people were terrified. 

My point here is pretty simple: When you add all this evidence up, there is actually no tangible evidence of anyone at Missouri doing anything wrong or ignoring anything improper. No crime has occurred on campus, no one has been physically harmed. At the absolute worst a small number of students have been subjected to mean words and an insane person wrote with poop on the wall. That’s it. 

Yet two people have lost their jobs over this protest and the protesters have received almost universal praise in the media. 

So why is no one else in the mainstream media pointing out these facts or asking these questions?

Because if everyone else starts asking the same questions I’m asking it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than this one: this entire University of Missouri protest is a manufactured sham.  

If you want more discussion, check your privilege, bro and also check out last night’s Periscope session on Mizzou, the first amendment and politics. And just to blow your minds, I’ve worked in Democratic politics my entire life — on Presidential, congressional and Senate races — and am a white dude from the South who voted for Obama twice. 

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.