Here`s the crime—cotton balls were scattered in front of the Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri:
Here`s the story
University of Missouri administrators held a town hall meeting last night to discuss Fridayâ€™s racist display outside the campus black culture center.
And two white students have been arrested, since cotton reminds people of slavery, and therefore:
The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said Wednesday freshman Sean D. Fitzgerald, 19, and senior Zachary E. Tucker, 21, were arrested on charges of second-degree tampering for last week`s incident.Because authorities suspect the placement of the cotton balls on the center`s lawn, walkway and bushes was racially motivated, the charges against the students were raised to Class D felony status.Last Friday`s incident took place during Black History Month [VDARE.com note: I. E. in February] and prompted concerns about potentially intensified racial tensions at the university, the Star said.Fitzgerald and Tucker are free on $4,500 bond each and are due to appear at a March 29 hearing.University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton [Email him]said both students will be temporarily suspended for the incident in Columbia, Mo.
Of course, what this actually is, hateful or not, is littering. ("Second-degree tampering,"
in Missouri law, is when you tamper "with property of another for the purpose of causing substantial inconvenience to that person or to another." I don`t call a box of cotton balls substantial. )Unlike a display of aÂ burning cross
, it can`t possibly be called a threat. That means that if it was
motivated by hate, it`s protected speech.