Black freedom may be tied to the will of the majority, but the majority derives it’s power from the under caste. If we are to truly obtain any type of freedom in this country, then we must disrupt the dollar flow of administrations and institutions by displaying the same courage shown by the University of Missouri students.
More than two weeks ago, University of Missouri grad student Jonathan Butler began a hunger strike that would lead to the protests that occurred on the university campus, as well as the University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe stepping down.
The significance of such a bold action is that it was started due to lack of response from the leadership of the university for complaints about acts of racism amidst a majority white campus. As other protests in solidarity with Mizzou have begun on campuses across the nation, it is clear that black people are fed up with the current status quo that allows for us to be disrespected. Let these demonstrations be a reminder to us: no matter how much our freedom may be tied to America’s perpetuation of black confinement, it is our right as human beings to speak out against the ill will dealt to our communities.
But the result of the president stepping down after the football players joined in was an example of the power that we hold as consumers and members of the exploited class. When the dollars of the oppressor are at stake, in this case a million dollar cancellation fee for the players not playing at the game the following Saturday, we have the opportunity to force their hand.
May this be a lesson for us as a community for ways to fight back against our mistreatment and using our power as an under-class. If the cliché of money making the world go round is true, then it is imperative that we must stop the money flow at least long enough for us to bring about change in our communities.