What we’re reading: Mizzou edition

Today, your Facebook feed was probably flooded with these statuses:


We, at BlogDailyHerald, acknowledge that the events at University of Missouri’s campus are a symptom of much larger system of racism, violence and injustice. Tonight, we provide a reading list for those who have not gotten the chance to educate themselves on the immediate issues at hand.

Ever since September, when Payton Head, President of the Missouri Students Association, wrote a post on social media about receiving continuous racial slurs from a pick-up truck on campus, the student body has been ablaze with protest. For more detailed coverage on the events leading up to the erupting racial tensions, we turn to The Atlantic for an article titled “What’s Happening at the University of Missouri?” When calls for action from the administration were met with a lackluster effort at best, students blockaded then-President Wolfe’s car at the homecoming parade. He did not get out of the vehicle, and a graduate student, Jonathan Butler, was physically bumped as Wolfe’s driver continued moving the car through the crowd.

Butler went on to organize a hunger strike, with the intent of getting Wolfe to step down. He was supported by the student group Concerned Student 1950 – “named for the first year that the University of Missouri accepted black students.” (You can hear about the current thoughts of one of the first black students to attend University of Missouri in this New York Times piece.)

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Some traditions are better kept in the past

Diversity-appreciation is not quite as old as the university itself…

“A popular college song of the late 1910s went:
‘Oh, Harvard’s run by millionaires
And Yale is run by booze
Cornell is run by farmers’ sons
Columbia’s run by Jews
So give a cheer for Baxter Street
Another one for Pell
And when the little sheenies die
Their souls will go to hell.'”

For more information on anti-semitism in the university, read Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale by Dan Oren or Jerome Karabel’s The Chosen.