…appears to have been real.
That’s a load off my mind.
Apparently, there’s evidence of a police report, minus a photo* [see ADDENDUM below]. I still don’t understand why it wasn’t photographed or otherwise documented (DNA, anyone?), because if the perpetrator were to be located that would have been grounds for some sort of disciplinary action.
And I still haven’t a clue why this was seen as targeting black people. Wouldn’t the natural target be Jews? I’m assuming there are some Jews at Mizzou who might be ripe for some persecuting.
And then, lo and behold, because research is my middle name, I decided to find out. I located this article in the school paper written very shortly after the incident occurred, and amazingly enough, the appearance of the excremental swastika was indeed initially treated as being anti-Semitic in intent. But the Jews on campus and their spokespeople were relatively low-key about it. And here I thought Jews were supposed to be so emotional:
Jeanne Snodgrass, executive director of Mizzou Hillel, a nonprofit organization and Jewish campus center, said she was contacted by Residential Life about the incident.
“Unfortunately sometimes things happen, and I think that the university is responding appropriately and dealing with it very seriously,” Snodgrass said.
Snodgrass apparently successfully resisted the urge to instead say “unfortunately sometimes shit happens,” for which I salute her.
Jordan Kodner is an executive for both Zeta Beta Tau and Chabad, a Jewish student organization on campus. He said he found out about the incident when he was at Hillel and someone brought it up right after it happened.
“A lot of people are very confused, especially with this particular one — using feces,” he said. “I know that kind of confused a lot of people. It just seems very odd — were they trying to send a certain message with it?”
He said he hopes the incident will be a wake-up call about anti-Semitism on campus. He said he is upset that it is usually downplayed.
Kodner doesn’t feel threatened because nothing violent has happened yet.
I believe that Kodner may be referring to people’s confusion about whether the poop swastika was meant to be expressive of support for Nazi beliefs, or whether it was meant as a negative commentary on the value of those beliefs.
Thalia Sass, president of the Jewish Student Organization, was more emotional about the entire incident:
“I still think that when something like this happens, Jewish students feel threatened,” Sass said. “I was actually really mad about this because I heard about it from a Maneater* [student newspaper] reporter. It happened on the 24th, and we’re only talking about it now? Why wasn’t JSO contacted earlier by Residential Life?”
The group plans on speaking to the residents of Gateway Hall during a mandatory residential meeting on Monday evening. They said they plan on talking about the history of the swastika and how it relates to Jewish people and the Holocaust.
Let us pause here and say: college students don’t already know this history? I realize that’s a rhetorical question, because at this point it’s actually very possible that many college students don’t know this history. However, we can be pretty sure that anyone drawing a swastika in fecal matter on a bathroom wall actually was among those students who were aware of it.
The following explains how it might be that the black students got involved in the aftermath:
[The Jewish Student Organization] also plans on reaching out to the Legion of Black Collegians for a social media campaign using the hastag #hateliveshere.
An event was also planned which would be inclined to improve public relations:
The [Jewish Student Organization] also plans on organizing an event at Speakers Circle on Nov. 6 to hand out bagels and cream cheese. Slogans that were suggested for this event include “Spread Cream Cheese, Not Hate.”
Not a bad slogan, actually. Only I would prefer they include some lox.
[ * I’ve been wondering for days about the title of that student newspaper, The Maneater. Isn’t there some campus group that can object to that as sexist, or cannibalist, or upsetting vegetarians, or…well, I’ll stop right there? So once again, research is my friend:
The Maneater was founded in 1955 by Joel Gold, then a sociology student, as editor-in-chief…Gold took over the former newspaper, then named the Missouri Student…Gold renamed it The Maneater to reflect a more aggressive news angle and transitioned the paper into an independent watchdog of the university.
Regarding the name change, Gold wrote in the first issue of The Maneater, “The name ‘Missouri Student’ reflected the editorial policy of the former paper quite well. It signified nothing…. The Maneater by its very name cannot content itself with merely presenting the news…. The Maneater is a tiger with fangs bared and claws sharpened ready to analyze the facts and then to pounce. A tiger exists because it is, and not for one group or another.”
And that was way back in the 50s, an era that was supposed to be so placid.]
[NOTE: The title of this post refers to this.]