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The Misery Of Mizzou

Dark times at the University of Missouri (Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock)

National Review reports on the well-deserved misery the University of Missouri is enduring as the result of its craven appeasement of Social Justice Warriors last fall. Excerpts:

The 7,400 pages of e-mails, obtained exclusively by these two publications, reveal how Mizzou overwhelmingly lost the support of longtime sports fans, donors, and alumni. Parents and grandparents wrote in from around the country declaring that their family members wouldn’t be attending Mizzou after the highly publicized controversy. Some current students talked about leaving. The e-mails reveal how Mizzou overwhelmingly lost the support of longtime sports fans, donors, and alumni.

This passionate backlash doesn’t appear to have been a bluff. Already, freshman enrollment is down 25 percent, leaving a $32 million funding gap and forcing the closure of four dorms. The month after the protests, donations to the athletic department were a mere $191,000 — down 72 percent over the same period a year earlier. Overall fundraising also took a big hit.

Read the whole thing. The internal e-mail trove also shows that students not involved in the protests were telling university officials that they were intimidated by the violent rhetoric and tactics of the protesters — and that the officials were taking the fear seriously. Of course their way of defusing the volatile situation was appeasement. And now the university is suffering for its cowardice regarding defending itself and its students.

Good. This is the only thing college administrators will understand. More, please.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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