Sorry ‘bout breaking your shades, dude—Wasn’t watching my step. I was just playing catch with my football bros and it got a bit outta hand, you know? I can give you money for new ones but my only cash is in the team’s locker room. Why don’t you follow me there? … Bro, I see you wrinkling your nose at the smell of this place, but I love it. All the sweat, the grass stains, and the wet gear get me pumped up. Well here’s the money. And why don’t you try these eye black stickers? I know it’s hella sunny right now, so you can wear these until you get your new shades. Here, lemme put them on for you… Man, you look so bad ass. Just like us football players. See? … Stop flexing, bro. Coach says we need to recruit more walk-ons. Let’s go to the quad and play catch. I’ll bring the drugged eye blacks.
The strike of the Missouri Tiger college football team does more than raise the visibility of the struggle against racism. It has the very real potential of actually forcing the removal of Tim Wolfe, University of Missouri President, from his position and getting someone in the seat of authority capable of addressing this poisonous campus climate. That’s because the Missouri football players—like all big time college football players—hold a deep social power. The student body is just 7% black, yet 58 of the school’s 84 scholarship football players are African American. There is no football team without black labor. That means there aren’t million dollar coaching salaries without black labor. There isn’t a nucleus of campus social life without black labor. There isn’t the weekly economic boon to Columbia, Missouri, bringing in millions in revenue to hotels, restaurants, and other assorted businesses without black labor. The power brokers of Columbia need these games to be played. Yet if the young black men and those willing to stand with them—and there are white teammates publicly standing with them—aren’t happy with the grind of unpaid labor on a campus openly hostile to black students, they can take it it all down, just by putting down their helmets, hanging up their spikes, and folding their arms.
Dave Zirin - Black Mizzou Football Players Are Going on Strike Over Campus Racism
Black University of Missouri football players are striking until university president Tim Wolfe resigns after his poor handling of racist incidents on campus, including verbal assaults of several black students including the student body president.
42 of the 64 players on Missouri’s current depth chart are African-American. Several took to social media on Saturday night to address the protest, with one, cornerback John Gibson, saying: “[The decision] has nothing to do with our coaches. Our coaches are 100% behind us. Including the white ones.”
I’m on a college campus.
I, in a fit of racially charged rage, throw a brick through a white student’s previously unharmed window and after doing so proceed to unhinge my jaw and call them a racial slur.
What do you think would most likely happen to me?
Would I be hauled away in handcuffs, shot, or free to go with maybe a detention?
Lets say I’m a cop.
I open fire on an unarmed white teen, mind you, I’m black.
What do you think would happen then?
Would I be indicted, or not?
If any of your answers indicated the lesser penalty, you’re wrong.
See, you say all lives matter, but when people like me are the minority of the population yet make up the majority of the prison population-
When people like me can be forced to evacuate college campuses because of the color of their skin-
When people like me tremble at the appearance of cop cars and actually have to wonder if this is the day they die, how can that be true?
If all lives matter, why do you only learn about people like me for a month?
Why can people like me be shot without proper punishment or even proper news coverage after the fact?
Why do people like me have to work twice as hard to get what others can get simply by their name and the color of their skin and still earn lower wages?
If you’re still not understanding the point I’m trying to make for you, it’s simple.
All lives obviously matter, but black lives tend to matter much less, unless they somehow come with financial benefits.
When a person of color has to go on a hunger strike to assert their right to education free of racial injustice, there’s a problem.
When black students in a college football team have to boycott games trying to hurt a campus financially because simply being who they are isn’t enough to prove their worth as human beings, there’s a problem.
When the only ways to have black people’s lives acknowledged are through nonviolent resistance, riots or withdrawing financial support, there’s a problem.
The next time you want to say all lives matter, turn on the news.
Listen to the stories of people of color being killed without any real form of justice and ask yourself if you would switch places with them, or any person of color that has to deal with the fear of being in that situation everyday.
If your answer is no, then I guess you have the answer to whether or not all lives really matter too.