This week, the Black players on the University of Missouri’s football team took a stand because in retaliation to the ongoing disparaging treatment they have been receiving…because they’re Black. As this week comes to an end, the Black athletes and fellow Black students on campus are receiving death threats by white extremists…because they’re Black. Campus has been all but shut down, and the young students there are rightfully afraid for their lives.
In light of a heart-wrenching story on Raw Story about how terrified these young Melanoid students are about the possibility of them getting killed by white extremists on campus, many of the same racists have taken to Twitter, letting their presence-and racist intentions–be felt by all who cares to read. On Twitter, there has been a hashtag named #BlacksOnCampus, which has been trending heavy on the popular social media site. However, white supremacist trolls have begun to use the hashtag in their own way, resulting to name calling and an outright display of disrespect towards the brave Melanoid young men who have stood brave in the face of the adversity. Here are just a few of the Tweets left by the trolls:
— US Taxpayer (@TeaPartyStance) November 11, 2015
— Great Intellectual (@USA_First_2016) November 12, 2015
— EscapeVelocity (@EscapeVelo) November 12, 2015
Want a good laugh? Look at the hashtag #BlacksOnCampus most of them dot even attend college lmao
— Justin (@JNasty720) November 12, 2015
— tom riddle (@v0ld4m0rt) November 12, 2015
As you can see, white supremacists are in an uproar over the simple fact that the Black football athletes of the University of Missouri realized that their purpose in society meant much more than just scoring touchdowns and sacking quarterbacks. It’s no secret that for years, Black basketball and football athletes have been accepted–and even celebrated–under the condition that they remained seen and not heard. This means that they’ve been expected to be good athletes, marginal students, and racially transparent.
In conjunction with these laughable expectations placed upon Black athletes by members of the dominant society, it should be noted that in the competitive hierarchy of the NCAA, the Mizzou football team is part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
This collegiate sports conference has long been recognized as ground zero for its athletic programs which recruit young and impressionable Black males from the rural areas of places of the South such as Alabama and Mississippi, notoriously racist coaches (who are celebrated to this day) like Paul “Bear” Bryant & Adolph Rupp, and last but not least, the extensive network of the “good ol’ boys” who seek out young able-bodied Black “bucks” to lead their respective athletic programs to the promised land (which is a national championship).
In hindsight, after knowing all of this about the University of Missouri’s athletic conference affiliation and its home state’s recent history of racial calamity, it comes as no surprise that this campus was primed and ready for this past week’s series of events to occur in the first place.