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What are you fighting for?

November 12, 2015

 

ELLIE MOSLANDER 

MOSLANDER

MOSLANDER

Editor-In-Chief | emo012@latech.edu

 

Mizzou University has been all over the news this past week. Because of racism, termination and protesting have also dogged the name of the university all over social media and in news outlets everywhere.

 

These issues, although highly serious and in no way respectable, are causing other issues to rise. Protests have been occurring on Mizzou’s campus, even in public safe spaces.

 

Some of the protestors, including both faculty and students, decided to set up a public safe-space for students who felt they had been harmed by what was happening.

 

There’s nothing wrong with trying to help, and I do agree what has been going on is wrong, but the reaction of the general population is only making it worse.

 

These protestors refused to allow a student journalist working for ESPN to document what was occurring.

 

I know people are wary of the media and its intentions, I am part of it and feel the same way at times. But the way this was handled made a statement about the protestors themselves, and they cannot deny it.

 

By their actions, they are contradicting themselves.

 

They stated they did not want to draw attention to themselves, but they did that very thing on a more extreme level.

 

Even though their protest was a safe space, it was in a public area and the journalist was only doing his job.

 

He has the right to document a student event on his college campus, within boundaries and being sensitive to the situation.

 

A Mizzou communication professor, Melissa Click, is in the spotlight of this whole situation as she is seen on camera making statements such as, “I need a little muscle over here,” to try and remove the student journalist.

 

This is what is crazy to me. Now force is involved.

 

What good is this doing to infringe on someone else?  By doing this, they are simply doing what they are complaining about. And I stand for their cause, I really do. But reacting in this way does not solve anything, and I feel like most protests turn into this.

 

Whether what the journalist did is considered infringing on them or not, their actions made an explicit statement and caused even more attention.

 

Honestly, on both parties, it took away from the real issue and turned it into a freedom of speech vs. freedom of the press ordeal that is unnecessary.  Now they are making national headlines, but not for the right reasons.

 

The causes protesters fight for are often noble, but these good intentions are lost when activists fight fire with fire, and entire movements can be discredited by just a few bad actors.

 

Ellie Moslander is a senior journalism major from Albuquerque who serves as editor-in- chief for The Tech Talk. 

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