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OK, If #BlackLivesMatter Affects SEC Football, We Have a Serious Problem

Posted on | November 9, 2015 | 108 Comments

University of Missouri football players are threatening a boycott until university president Tim Wolfe resigns, but considering the way they’ve been playing this season (4-5 overall, 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference), it’s not as if this will have any impact on the SEC title picture. Alabama beat LSU Saturday, so Derrick Henry and the Crimson Tide defense are far more important, from a purely athletic perspective, than the racial acrimony roiling the Missouri campus.

Exactly what is happening at Missouri? Well, of course, the proximity to Ferguson — scene of the Michael Brown shooting that sparked what has become the #BlackLivesMatter protest movement — could be seen as a relevant factor. However, the real trouble campus has been agitated by a graduate student named Jonathan Butler:

Butler . . . wants to force Wolfe’s resignation because of a handful of recent incidents which have occurred on the Columbia, Mo. campus.
In a letter to school officials posted on his Facebook page, Butler indicated that he began his hunger strike because someone in a pickup truck allegedly shouted a racist insult at a black student government member, because state law prevents Planned Parenthood from performing on-campus abortions and because someone drew a swastika with human feces in a dormitory bathroom.
Some observers have suggested that the bathroom swastika may be a hoax. Why, law professor blogger Ann Althouse has asked, for example, would any dedicated racial supremacist create a swastika out of human feces?
Butler admits in the letter that none of the incidents he cites are Wolfe’s fault. Nevertheless, Butler has concluded, “as a collection of incidents at the university, they are his responsibility to address.”
This summer, prior to Butler’s decision to go on a hunger strike because of racism allegations, the graduate student’s substantially different agenda focused on a change in University of Missouri policy which ended subsidized health insurance for graduate students. . . .
School officials have said the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — forced them to stop subsidizing grad student health insurance.

So, basically, this is Obama’s fault. It figures. Meanwhile, in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide refuses to be distracted. Arkansas upset Ole Miss on Saturday, thus making it possible for Alabama to hope for a shot at the SEC title, but Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland was so focused on beating LSU that he didn’t even know about the Arkansas game until a reporter told him after ‘Bama had beat the Tigers 30-16:

“So we hold our own destiny,” Ragland said, laughing. Then he turned stone-faced again. “That still really don’t mean nothing. We’ve got to keep playing ball,” he said. “We’ve still got two games left in the West to finish off. We’ve still got to do our job. We’ve got a great opponent in Dak Prescott and [Mississippi State] next week.”

Damn right. You hold your own destiny. One game at a time.



108 Responses to “OK, If #BlackLivesMatter Affects SEC Football, We Have a Serious Problem”

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  3. Dana
    November 10th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    Alabama has a tough game against Mississippi State, followed by a cupcake in Charleston-Southern, before the Iron Bowl, the annual game against Auburn, and the SEC Championship game; odds are that the Tide will win out.

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    November 10th, 2015 @ 11:24 am

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    November 10th, 2015 @ 11:25 am

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  6. Mike G.
    November 10th, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Clemson has Syracuse, Wake Forest, then the annual game against USC and the ACC Championship game. I’d say their odds of winning out are pretty good too, better than 85% according to odds makers. From the looks of it, they will play UNC in Charlotte in Dec.

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