America is a profoundly stupid place. Though making the observation today is only for spite when inflation will render it meaningless tomorrow. In that sense we are living in a Zimbabwe of stupidity. The graph is trending vertical. And bigoted bloggers need rhetorical wheelbarrows.
Of course stupidity isn’t fully descriptive. Our civilizational dumb is more an outward manifestation of cravenness and duplicity. It is an effect. A byproduct. We must pretend to hold idiotic counter-visual beliefs because they are demanded of us. And as we accede to the demands, ridiculous comes to replace rational.
And today’s cresting of the ridiculous is brought by the University of Missouri. Where that institution’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigned this morning because tribalist blacks told him to, and for no other reason whatsoever. There were no accusations of fraud, mismanagement, corruption, poor performance, or impropriety. Instead plaintiffs complained that the administration was insufficiently obsequious by some undefined metric and had displayed a general “negligence toward marginalized students’ experience.” And while that phrase is unburdened by any substantive meaning, the instructions in subtext were explicit enough: pink tongue on black toes.
Though since “negligence to experience” remains a legally embryonic concept, our civil-rights martyrs were obliged to offer at least a few additional citations of malfeasance. These included…
✅ Allegedly hearing the ****** word from someone other than a ******;
✅ The alleged smearing of a “feces swastika.” (That wasn’t very hygienic, rabbi); and
✅ A “school safety officer didn’t more aggressively pursue an apparently drunken white student who disrupted their gathering.”
Egregious certainly, and far beyond the travails any white student ever endured. Though the final indignation came when now-former President Wolfe had his car surrounded by caterwauling put-upons. According to sworn affidavits, this is what happened next…
They accused Wolfe of looking on impassively
And there is your bill of particulars. Even just a decade ago, such amorphous gobbledygook wouldn’t have drawn the attention of the dog of a university president’s secretary. And today the writhing worm of a man actually capitulated to it. Though obviously he did so under pressure from that state’s governess, Jay Nixon, who had publicly insisted that “their issues must be addressed.” Funny how he spells the word “obeyed” with an a.
Though what struck me as more remarkable than the sniveling of a white liberal politician was the behavior of the school’s football coach, who came out in open solidarity against Wolfe with his threatening-to-strike bouncy ball players. Rather than blandly informing them that any AWOL would trigger immediate scholarship vacancies, he actually started tweeting positions against the administration.
The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players.
We are behind our quitting players!
This accompanied by a now-mandatory photograph of 300lb football players bravely locking arms against the predations of reedy white frat boys.
Though if Wolfe were man he would have reminded the pompously preening coach of employment’s most famous military dictum. Sun Tzu say: favorite member of “Mizzou Family” is man who sign check. And then suggested he follow the departing players who have so captured his allegiance.
But that is mere musing from the world that was. In the is, the coach knew well who wins when blacks publicly demand of a white. So in practical terms he actually did align himself with the boss. And the next university president will make no mistake of who’s in charge.
Gonna jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton,
Gonna jump down turn around pick a bale a day.