Cry-bullies win: Colleges and politicians reward fabricators of racial incidents

Cry-bullies win: Colleges and politicians reward fabricators of racial incidents

Recently, the president of the University of Missouri was forced to resign, and Yale University was filled with angry protests, over racial incidents that were likely fabricated in some cases, and were not racist at all in others (incidents that college officials did not promote or condone).

At the University of Missouri, students branded the University’s president as a racist for not getting out of his car at a parade when it was surrounded by angry black protesters: “University President Tim Wolfe failed to get out of his convertible when student protesters swarmed it during the homecoming parade.” They also vilified him for not preventing racial incidents beyond his control, some of which may have been fabricated or misconstrued, such as racial slurs supposedly aimed at the black student body president (whose credibility is now in question) off campus, and the appearance of a “poop swastika” in a bathroom (the motive behind this incident was unclear: at the time of the president’s resignation, “no evidence of the alleged incident” had “been made publicly available,” and subsequent reporting indicates it may have been committed by an anti-white, anti-Jewish student).

At Yale, bullying, unhinged protesters “spat on” people attending a conference on freedom of speech, and sought the removal of  a lecturer who sent an email defending harmless Halloween costumes such as a “blonde ­haired child’s wanting to be Mulan for a day” (left-wing students view such garden-variety Halloween costumes as being “cultural appropriation” and thus “racist.”) At the University of Missouri, having driven the college president to resign, protesters threatened reporters (and assaulted one of them).

Amazingly, “White House press secretary Josh Earnest,” speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, “praised the protesters” at both Yale and the University of Missouri. Such unwarranted, unjustified praise only encourages more temper tantrums and childish bullying by protesters, who could best be described as “cry-bullies.” As the Washington Post editorial board notes, “a professor was shouted down and bullied as he tried to express his views” about the “email written by his wife, a lecturer at Yale.” The bullies included privileged crybabies like Jerelyn Luther, a senior at Yale. “In her tirade, Luther screams ‘Who the f*ck hired you?'” at the Professor, Nicholas Christakis, notes the Daily Caller:

The infamous “Shrieking Girl” at Yale University who now famously berated a professor for not making Yale a “safe space” is from a relatively privileged background…. Last week, a massive controversy erupted at Yale over statements made by Nicholas and Erika Christakis, two professors who also serve as the heads of Silliman College, a residential college at Yale. Erika had sent out an email before Halloween criticizing efforts at the school to censor Halloween costumes, which sparked a massive backlash and calls for the two to resign as the heads of Silliman. That controversy led to a confrontation last Thursday, where a student screamed at Christakis to “be quiet” as he tried to explain his position, and then called him “disgusting” and said he “should not sleep at night.”… What limited information can be found about Luther, though, indicates a privileged background that makes her tirade against Christakis all the more baffling….  Her family home … has an appraised value of more than $760,000.”

Given how frequently campus racist incidents turn out to be hoaxes – as happened at Oberlin, Montclair State, Claremont, Vassar, and U.Va. – many of the alleged incidents at the University of Missouri cited by protesters may not reflect racism at all. When swastikas or racial epithets are posted on campus, it is commonly trolling by progressive students determined to make their school look racist, as happened at Vassar, where progressive students on the College’s Bias Incident Response Team posted hateful messages such as “F*ck N*ggers” to fabricate evidence of systemic racism.  (There was apparently a genuine instance of a drunken white student at the University of Missouri shouting racial slurs at black students, but he was swiftly kicked out by the University, so no one can claim it condoned his racism.).

Among those demanding the resignation of the president of the University of Missouri was Payton Head, the dishonest head of the student government, who earlier claimed to have been subjected to racial slurs by unidentified occupants of a red truck off campus, and later went on to falsely claim that the KKK was invading the University of Missouri (he ludicrously claimed to be working with state troopers and the National Guard in response to that mythical threat). According to “The Blaze”:

Payton Head, the University of Missouri’s student body president, posted on Facebook that the KKK had come to campus, and black students were advised to stay indoors, away from windows. He claimed he was working with the campus police department, state troopers, and the National Guard to address the active threat. The warning was unnecessary, false, and eventually retracted. Head later copped to circulating a baseless rumor.

Head falsely wrote that he was working with “the MUPD, the state trooper and the National Guard” in responding to that threat. His claims were swiftly debunked by the very university police he claimed to be working with: “An official with the University of Missouri Police Department refuted the claim a short time later, telling TheBlaze there is ‘no Ku Klux Klan on campus.'”

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at


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