In the wake of last semester’s race-related protests — and the poop swastika, and the hallucinated, nonexistent people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods — officials at the University of Missouri are requiring all new students to undergo diversity training.
The mandatory indoctrination sessions, called “Diversity@Mizzou,” started in the spring 2016 semester, reports Campus Reform.
Faculty members from departments including sociology and women’s and gender studies have conducted the sessions.
One presenter, Rebecca Martinez, displayed images of Katy Perry in a geisha outfit. Martinez, a women’s studies professor, then asked the assembled attendees: “Is this cultural appropriation?”
Martinez also showed audience members photos of people in Mexican-themed Halloween costumes including a taco costume. She then instructed that such garb is culturally offensive.
“That’s not even a Mexican taco!” Martinez said, according to Campus Reform. “It has lettuce in it!”
Martinez, who is currently researching “gender, migration, and citizenship on the reproductive health beliefs and practices of Midwestern Latinas,” also warned that any non-Mexican person who uses makeup associated with the Mexican custom of Día de Muertos is engaging in cultural appropriation. (RELATED: Taxpayer-Funded University Apologizes For Offending Mexicans By SERVING TACOS)
However, Martinez also carefully instructed, students who make model alters resembling Día De Los Muertos altars for one of her class assignments are engaged in “cultural sharing.” That’s totally fine, she explained. (RELATED: The Word ‘Fiesta’ Is Racist And White People Can’t Use It)
Last semester’s days-long protest on Mizzou’s Columbia, Mo. campus centered on Jonathan Butler, a twentysomething graduate student. The son of a millionaire railroad executive went on a six-day hunger strike in November.
Butler’s goal, which he achieved, was to force then-MU system president Tim Wolfe to resign.
Butler’s protest gained strong momentum when he convinced 32 University of Missouri football players to pledge to boycott all team activities until Wolfe quit his job. (Ultimately, the team missed a single practice.) (RELATED: University Of Missouri Football Players BOYCOTT FOOTBALL Over Black Activist’s Hunger Strike)
In a letter to school officials posted (but no longer visible) 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. (RELATED: Here Is The Police Report From The Mizzou Poop Swastika Incident)
Groups of protesters marched across the University of Missouri campus for several days — and camped out in tents on a quad — in response to Butler’s hunger strike. The protesters have called themselves Concerned Student 1950. (The name relates to the year the first black student matriculated at Mizzou.)
During the protests, Melissa A. Click, a taxpayer-funded assistant professor of mass media at Mizzou, was caught on camera threatening a photojournalism student with mob violence, shaking his camera and attempting to deprive him of his First Amendment rights.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click shouted to the crowd. “I need some muscle over here.” (RELATED: Meet The Sick Mizzou Media Professor Who Threatened A Reporter With MOB VIOLENCE)
Delusional students eventually became so dizzy with racism that they saw imaginary people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods. (RELATED: The Biggest, Dumbest Race Hoaxes And Fake Hate Crimes On Campus In 2015)
Click now faces a criminal assault charge. Officials at the University of Missouri have suspended her — reportedly with pay, of course. (RELATED: Finally: Mizzou Suspends Melissa Click For Attacking Student)
Applications for the fall 2016 academic year are down considerably at the University of Missouri. (RELATED: SURPRISE! Mizzou Sees Application Drop After Days Of Protests, Illusory Klan Hoods, Poop Swastika)