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Feb 03 2016

Mizzou Law Prof Thomas Lambert on the Price of Caving to Militant Moonbats

Ground zero for the latest incarnation of progressive totalitarianism has been the University of Missouri, where Black Lives Matter types forced out the president and have largely reduced the school to a laughing stock (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). Thomas Lambert teaches law at Mizzou. He observes that the eruptions of moonbattery at the Columbia campus and educrats’ capitulation to them have had three major effects:

First, a great university needs well-qualified students and the financial resources to hire and retain top faculty. Capitulating to the protesters has impaired Mizzou’s ability to secure both.

Not surprisingly, applications are down significantly. According to a leaked internal memorandum, undergraduate applications for the 2016-17 term dropped by five percent from the previous year. Graduate applications fell a whopping 19 percent.

In particular, applications from students with high ACT scores (30 or above) were down 7.7 percent, and the number of African-American applicants plummeted by 19 percent.

Smart kids would rather learn than waste their time striking juvenile political poses. Apparently this goes double for the blacks whom BLM kooks allegedly represent.

Second, free speech and open inquiry will suffer. …

Much of this is just the silly, relatively harmless, political correctness we’ve come to expect on college campuses. Some efforts, though, threaten to undermine the open inquiry that should lie at the heart of a university.

Who wants to go to school in a multiculti version of East Germany?

Finally, and most ironically, the protesters’ success is likely to worsen race relations at Mizzou.

As noted, an apparent result of the protests has been a disproportionate reduction in applications from black candidates. Following last fall’s turmoil, however, there is tremendous pressure on admissions officials to increase the percentage of black students.

To achieve that with a “whiter” pool of applicants, the university will have to admit a higher percentage of black candidates than in the past, but that will require lower admissions standards for black students. The result will be to increase the discrepancy between the credentials of Mizzou’s white and black students.

That is likely to impair race relations by fueling “implicit bias” against black students.

One of the major complaints of the protesters was that white members of the Mizzou community, even if not overtly racist, implicitly believed their black colleagues were less qualified, and often acted in ways that betrayed that belief.

The higher they turn up the dial on Affirmative Action to meet their quotas, the more that belief will be justified, further poisoning race relations.

Mizzou should serve as the canary in the coalmine of campus moonbattery. With luck, other schools will see what the school did to itself by caving to adolescent thugs and turn back from the edge rather than plunge into the bottomless abyss of progressive totalitarianism.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.



41 Responses to “Mizzou Law Prof Thomas Lambert on the Price of Caving to Militant Moonbats”

  1. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    ‘With luck, other schools will see what the school did to itself…’ lol. Good one, Dave!

  2. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    ‘With luck, other schools will see what the school did to itself…’ lol. Good one, Dave!

  3. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    Just try removing this “temporary until we find a permanent replacement for president”, black man. They’ll burn the school down. This is his ace in the hole (ace of Spades).

    http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/medium/public/201511/middleton_michael.jpg

  4. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    Just try removing this “temporary until we find a permanent replacement for president”, black man. They’ll burn the school down. This is his ace in the hole (ace of Spades).

    http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/medium/public/201511/middleton_michael.jpg

  5. MicahStone says:

    What leftist “higher” education has become…

  6. MicahStone says:

    What leftist “higher” education has become…

  7. doug johnson says:

    Whatever script this site keeps trying to run every 40 seconds SUCKS. It disables mouse wheel scrolling and is a flickering visual distraction.

  8. doug johnson says:

    Whatever script this site keeps trying to run every 40 seconds SUCKS. It disables mouse wheel scrolling and is a flickering visual distraction.

  9. Xavier says:

    I hope it destroys the entire higher education system.
    Then we can start over without the BS.

  10. Xavier says:

    I hope it destroys the entire higher education system.
    Then we can start over without the BS.

  11. Dave Blount says:

    Sorry about that; must be one of the generated ads. Refreshing the page should fix it.

  12. Dave Blount says:

    Sorry about that; must be one of the generated ads. Refreshing the page should fix it.

  13. 762x51 says:

    Time to bust out the Participation Diplomas, that way the Social Justice Whiners have something to placate their warped sense of “fairness”. All classes are P/F and to pass you just have to show up – sometimes. There, problem solved, except for that “productive member of society” stuff, but that is overrated.

  14. 762x51 says:

    Time to bust out the Participation Diplomas, that way the Social Justice Whiners have something to placate their warped sense of “fairness”. All classes are P/F and to pass you just have to show up – sometimes. There, problem solved, except for that “productive member of society” stuff, but that is overrated.

  15. 762x51 says:

    If you are using Firefox, try getting the Ad Block add-on from the Mozilla site. This site had become nearly unusable until I put that in place.

  16. 762x51 says:

    If you are using Firefox, try getting the Ad Block add-on from the Mozilla site. This site had become nearly unusable until I put that in place.

  17. AlanOne7 says:

    As I’ve posted here before, it’s time to admit that education is basically entertainment. Students (customers) agree to cough up $40,000 a year to be told how smart and special they are in this evil, racist world, how men are pigs and white people are to blame for everything.

    What’s that? China and India are cranking out doctors and engineers by the millions? Not our problem. We have our tenure, pensions and book contracts. Our job is to keep the fresh meat rolling in each September until retirement.

  18. AlanOne7 says:

    As I’ve posted here before, it’s time to admit that education is basically entertainment. Students (customers) agree to cough up $40,000 a year to be told how smart and special they are in this evil, racist world, how men are pigs and white people are to blame for everything.

    What’s that? China and India are cranking out doctors and engineers by the millions? Not our problem. We have our tenure, pensions and book contracts. Our job is to keep the fresh meat rolling in each September until retirement.

  19. RKae says:

    I look at that picture and I just want to ask those angry idiots, “What is it you want to do that you’re being stopped from doing?” They act like they’ve all tried so very, very hard to succeed in life only to be told, “Go away; we don’t hire black people.” It’s nonsense. That doesn’t happen. They would rather imagine that the world is out to get them than go out and seek their fortune with their skills. It’s easier to put forth a paranoid view of the world than it is to risk failure.

  20. RKae says:

    I look at that picture and I just want to ask those angry idiots, “What is it you want to do that you’re being stopped from doing?” They act like they’ve all tried so very, very hard to succeed in life only to be told, “Go away; we don’t hire black people.” It’s nonsense. That doesn’t happen. They would rather imagine that the world is out to get them than go out and seek their fortune with their skills. It’s easier to put forth a paranoid view of the world than it is to risk failure.

  21. JoeK says:

    OMG<OMG<OMG!! That cartoon is soooo racist! I'm telling!!

  22. JoeK says:

    OMG<OMG<OMG!! That cartoon is soooo racist! I'm telling!!

  23. JoeK says:

    This peckerhead is as white as Shaun King, the white-black-wanna-be race hustler!!

  24. JoeK says:

    This peckerhead is as white as Shaun King, the white-black-wanna-be race hustler!!

  25. 762x51 says:

    They aren’t being stopped from doing anything. What they want is a free ride. Risking failure would require effort, they have no desire to risk or do or even try. If it is free tuition they want, there is already a way to EARN it.

  26. 762x51 says:

    They aren’t being stopped from doing anything. What they want is a free ride. Risking failure would require effort, they have no desire to risk or do or even try. If it is free tuition they want, there is already a way to EARN it.

  27. rex freeway says:

    None of them are qualified to be anything more than occocommies. But will end up getting a token job and denying a company a qualified worker and the worker a job.

  28. rex freeway says:

    None of them are qualified to be anything more than occocommies. But will end up getting a token job and denying a company a qualified worker and the worker a job.

  29. chuck_in_st_paul says:

    class of 2020 Valedictorian
    .

  30. chuck_in_st_paul says:

    class of 2020 Valedictorian
    .

  31. Momster says:

    Unfortunately for some, their skill set includes such offerings as Black Studies, Womyn Studies, An Examination of Pornography in Literature and Film, etc. These skills are not generally required by most companies.

  32. Momster says:

    Unfortunately for some, their skill set includes such offerings as Black Studies, Womyn Studies, An Examination of Pornography in Literature and Film, etc. These skills are not generally required by most companies.

  33. Momster says:

    The school did not “cave in to adolescent thugs” as much as committed suicide by hiring a large number of Lib/Prog/Commie pofessors who inculcated these ideas into the students. Ohhhh–wait! I guess “adolescent thugs” fits there, too.

  34. bkhuna says:

    Toss ’em out of the SEC and let them compete as independents.

  35. Momster says:

    The school did not “cave in to adolescent thugs” as much as committed suicide by hiring a large number of Lib/Prog/Commie pofessors who inculcated these ideas into the students. Ohhhh–wait! I guess “adolescent thugs” fits there, too.

  36. bkhuna says:

    Toss ’em out of the SEC and let them compete as independents.

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  38. Bodhisattva says:

    Letting these fascistic clowns call the shots hasn’t turned out so well.

    No surprise.

    It never does.

    Never will.

  39. Bodhisattva says:

    Letting these fascistic clowns call the shots hasn’t turned out so well.

    No surprise.

    It never does.

    Never will.

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