This will surely give a lot more credibility to the University of Missouri student activist organization Concerned Student 1950:
In a letter, they assert Mizzou’s administration has “scapegoated” communications professor Melissa Click merely because “she supported black students.”
“The problem in this situation is not what Click did on November 9, 2015. The problem is what and who she stood for, marginalized students, specifically BLACK STUDENTS!” the statement reads.
Click had asked for “some muscle” to remove a student reporter from the site of a protest on that date.
More absurdly, Concerned Student 1950 goes on to compare Click to Jonathan Daniels and Viola Gregg Liuzzo, two white 1960s civil rights activists who were murdered by white supremacists.
In the statement, Concerned Student 1950 wrote that instead of addressing the group’s demands — hiring more faculty and health professionals, recruiting and retaining more black students and working together with students to make decisions such as electing a new system president — MU and the UM System are tarnishing Click’s reputation because she supported black students.
“One would think that society has learned from its evil past. However, those who wish to perpetuate oppression would rather utilize power and influence to label Click as a ‘criminal’ instead of dismantling white supremacist patriarchal capitalism within the University of Missouri system,” the statement reads.
Andrea Fulgiam, an original member of Concerned Student 1950, said Click was “just being protective. I don’t feel like she did anything wrong.” She added, “I’m just praying and hoping that nothing but good comes out of this situation.”
Click was suspended by the university this past Wednesday, and just yesterday was sentenced to community service via a “deferred prosecution agreement” on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Read the full story, which includes Concerned Student 1950’s letter.
h/t to David F. Browne