Remember all those Black Lives Matter protests at Mizzou — the University of Missouri — not that long ago? The one where the protesters were demanding the president of the institution be removed because the school was a hotbed of racism?Well, the school is paying the ultimate price for those events.
According to the Daily Caller, The University of Missouri’s (MU) flagship Columbia campus has officially lost a staggering 23 percent of its freshman class this year, an even worse figure than administrators initially predicted in the wake of major racial strife.The big enrollment drop at MU has been brewing for months, but finally became a reality this week with the start of fall term on campus. MU’s freshman class this year has some 4,799 students, a drop of over 1,400 from last year, when freshmen numbered 6,211. Overall enrollment is down by over 2,200, a drop of about 7 percent, according to preliminary numbers released by the school.
The drop is even worse than officials at the school were predicting last spring. In March, interim chancellor Hank Foley warned the school was facing a drop of 1,500 students.
The decline is wreaking havoc on the school’s budget, which has a hole of about $30 million. To contain costs and reflect its shrinking population, the school has already shuttered several dormitories.It’s not hard to find the cause of the school’s woes. Last year, the black activist group Concerned Student 1950 launched a major protest effort, claiming the school was a hotbed of racism and demanding the ouster of MU president Thomas Wolfe. After black members of the football team went on strike, their demands were swiftly met. At the same time, professor Melissa Click was caught on camera attacking a student journalist trying to cover the protests, and calling for “muscle” to carry him off if he refused to leave. Though Click was eventually fired, campus officials otherwise focused on trying to placate protesters and meet their demands, but this only spurred follow-up protests.
Not only has the Black Lives Matter movement inspired riots, looting, and violence against police officers, it’s now destroying higher education as well.
While it’s easy to solely point the finger at BLM and its protesters for this insanity, it’s important to remember the role universities themselves are playing in propelling this movement forward.Colleges coddle these individuals by providing “safe spaces” and continuing to indoctrinate students with leftist propaganda, fueling the flames of unrest.
However, it appears the pendulum may be swinging and sanity making a comeback on campus. We reported this week how the University of Chicago told incoming students exactly into which safe space they could shove their safe spaces.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]