The protests at the University of Missouri have been controversial. Students at the school are upset at the lack of response to racist incidents, while some say the situation at Mizzou is a symptom of political correctness run amok and that college students need to toughen up.
According to The Washington Post, within a day of the university’s top officials resigning, 19-year-old Hunter Park from Rolla, MO, a town about 94 miles south of Mizzou, was arrested at 1:50 AM Wednesday morning for making threats against the black student protesters on the social media app Yik Yak.
“I’m going to stand my ground and shoot every black person I see,” the first message read.
Park then seemed to relent a little bit, writing another post that said, “some of you are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow.”
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 11, 2015
The messages were not taken lightly by the students, who have been spending the day hurrying from one building to another. The Mizzou police have also responded seriously, holding Park on $4,500 bond.
People complaining about PC culture are complaining about cultural sensitivity. Yes, every now and then it goes too far, but the basic idea is “hey, don’t say discriminatory sh*t.” When the response to “maybe we should deal with the feces Swastika with a true, real response instead of just ignoring it” is to downplay the issue, that’s a problem. When the response to “we should have more racial sensitivity” is a young white man feeling entitled enough to threaten to kill all black students, it proves that this is more than just PC culture run amok, this is serious, entrenched racism that our schools and our country as a whole are still dealing with.
— Jay (@Jayveri) November 11, 2015
Featured image: Hunter M. Park via Twitter