One day people will look back and ask how one of the freest nations in the world became like East Germany. The answer, while multi-layered, will invariably include the profound role of academia and how it weakened minds, rather than enlighten them.
For those who haven't followed the latest "outrage" to afflict university students, a recap of the insanity follows in a brief nutshell:
University of Missouri president Timothy Wolfe came under fire after a handful of football team members threatened to boycott sporting activities unless he capitulate to certain "demands" over racial equality. Rather than display fortitude, Wolfe embarrassingly acquiesced to the school-children (and even if they are technically "of age" that is all they are) and other bullies (likely fellow faculty members) and announced his resignation Monday.
Of course this gross display of cowardice did nothing to assuage the pitch-fork wielding mob still frothing at the mouth for more blood. The activists, with the help of their alleged "adult" enablers, continued their demonstrations at the public university and even demanded that media be barred from covering the spectacle.
In fact, one woman present at the demonstrations even called for "muscle" in removing student photographer, Tim Tai, from the scene when in fact had every right to be there. Tai is a student photographer on a freelance assignment for the network ESPN, according to the NY Times.
Worse still, the woman so adamant that Tai be physically, forcefully ejected from the demonstration has been identified as Melissa Click, a professor of mass media at Mizzou. She also shoved the student's camera away with her hands prior to calling on her minions to use brute force.
Conveniently, Click's Twitter feed is now set to "private."
The pertinent segment of the video comes at approximately the 6:17 mark when Click can be seen in a combative state. Prior to Professor Click's outburst, student activists can be seen physically blocking their peer, telling him he had no right to be there and no right to take their photos. Of course they were wrong on both accounts.
Melissa Click's bio, available on the Mizzou website, is textbook post-modernist garble. Her important media work is apparently guided by "theories of gender and sexuality" and her current research projects include -- wait for it -- "50 Shades of Grey readers" and the "impact of social media in fans' relationship with Lady Gaga."
On a note related to the demonstrations, and right on cue, the Obama administration is praising the student protestors for embodying his goal of fundamental change.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he thinks the protest, "illustrates something that the president talked a lot about in the context of – in his campaign, that a few people speaking up and speaking out can have a profound impact on the communities where we live and work."
Profound impact, indeed.