by liberal japonicus
From ObWi alumni Thomas Nephew's FB, this article is really great. A few quotes
About the recently resigned University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe:
In 2015, you cannot run a school while being blasé in the face of acts of racist harassment.
About the power student athletes have:
Yet [student athletes] also have a power that if exercised can bring the powerful to their knees. So much of the political and social economy of state universities is tied to football, especially in big-money conferences like Southeastern Conference, where Mizzou plays...These conferences, particularly the Southeastern Conference, field teams that, in the words of sports sociologist Harry Edwards, “look like Ghana on the field and Sweden in the stands.” In other words, black football players in particular have a social power often unseen and not commented upon. It’s there all the same.
On the necessity for cooperative action:
The protests of students and faculty members whose names the public does not know is what laid the groundwork for the players to showcase their courage. It’s like a stool: students, faculty, and athletes. When one leg on that stool isn’t there, this falls apart.
And the finale
The administrators created this world where our universities revolve socially, politically and economically around the exploited labor of big time football. Now let them reap what they sow.