Take it away, Austin Kim.
Now watch it again. You nailed it, Austin.
So ESPN's reporting that the player strike it not unanimous
a) Of COURSE it isn't. Nothing is. There's always going to be dissent over something like this. Eric Waters' comments after Michael Sam came out of the closet (essentially, castigating a few people who were congratulating themselves for tolerance when they were talking about him behind his back) were a reminder that there was a negative undercurrent to an overwhelmingly positive story. But that's almost always going to be the case. Nothing is unanimous among 100-whatever people.
b) Michael Scherer calls b.s. anyway, which I admire greatly.
Just because everyone wasn't in the picture doesn't mean that we don't all stand together as a family. Whoever is speaking against our— Michael Scherer (@Mike_Scherer38) November 9, 2015
Unity as a family and team is not apart of the same family that I am.— Michael Scherer (@Mike_Scherer38) November 9, 2015
by that I am saying that I don't believe that anyone in our locker room would ever say that and the "mystery informant" isn't reliable— Michael Scherer (@Mike_Scherer38) November 9, 2015
Curator meeting notice:
10 a.m. today. And yeah, this is now a front-page story in the New York Times. The more I think about it, the more surprised I'll be if Tim Wolfe is Mizzou president at the end of the week. But we'll see.
Some more quick links:
The Trib: MU football coaching staff shows support for players amid boycott
Post-Dispatch: University of Missouri system president becomes the focus amid protests at Mizzou
KC Star: Racial tension at MU smolders amid calls for ouster of president Tim Wolfe
Public relations do matter, but regardless, I don’t think Wolfe has committed a fireable offense. To force out a university president based solely on a protest is unfair to him and sets a bad precedent that could affect the ability to hire a good replacement.
Granted, the much worse result would be a student starving to death while the president clung to his job.
But there is room for compromise that would return Butler to health and the players to the field. On the list of demands by the Concerned Student 1950 group, beyond the petty stuff urging Wolfe to admit to "white male privilege" and the call for his resignation, there are some good demands. They include creating a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students; hiring additional mental-health professionals, particularly those of color; and increasing funding and personnel for social-justice centers.
Those things could actually improve the experience of black students at Missouri, even if they aren’t as immediately satisfying as sacking a university president.
I have had a student who said he couldn't call me Dr. Frisby because that would mean that he thinks I am smart, and he was told that blacks are not smart and do not earn degrees without affirmative action. Yes, true story. I have so many stories to share that it just doesn't make sense to put them all here.
What I am responding to is the frequent question I have been asked all week: How have I endured these many hateful experiences for over 17 years, and why am I still here? [...]
I endure because there are far too many of my white friends that have a heart of gold, love people of any color with a passion and who have a strong trust in and love for the Lord. I endure because I have friends who are white and daily show me that there are people who can hurt when I do and who sincerely want to make this culture a better place. I endure because I look to the Lord to help me grow and be the best person I can be.
I endure because I CHOSE AND CHOOSE to endure and overcome, and I choose to overlook ignorance.
How does a hunger strike work?
There are a lot of actual sports going on, and while I said yesterday that there is only one Mizzou story at the moment, here are some quick updates.
MUtigers.com: Walton Leads @MizzouHoops in Exhibition Win over Missouri Western, 92-53
Post-Dispatch: Newcomers push Mizzou to exhibition victory
Post-Dispatch (Hochman): Prep standout key to Mizzou hoops future
Post-Dispatch: Pingeton's Tigers embrace expectations