The ongoing racial turmoil at the University of Missouri has taken a turn for the worse. It’s also taken a turn for the stupid.
Police arrested Hunter M. Park, who is not a student at the University of Missouri, for allegedly posting “terrorist threats” regarding a mass shooting of African-American students. Park, who police say did not have any actual weapons, allegedly threatened to “stand [his] ground tomorrow and shoot every black person [he saw].”
Park, who attends school at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, posted the threats on the YikYak app. The incident is sure to increase calls for colleges to ban the use of the anonymous messaging app, despite the fact that it clearly isn’t all that anonymous.
In another bit of irony, other media outlets have traced an account on the Hackaday website to Park. Despite belonging to the hacking site, Park was apparently unable to hide his IP address from authorities.
While Park’s alleged threats caused legitimate safety concerns on campus, another threat posted on social media by University of Missouri student body president Payton Head proved to be very false as well as very stupid.
Head told followers that he was working with police and the National Guard to investigate a “confirmed” KKK sighting on campus. He later retracted the statement.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “the Klan has been greatly weakened by internal conflicts, court cases, a seemingly endless series of splits and government infiltration” since the 1970s. In other words, it’s a fractured, unorganized group of loosely affiliated rednecks. Today, while the threat of a racist lone-wolf attack remains, the well-organized KKK of yesteryear exists primarily in the imaginations of wannabe-race warriors and leftist millennials.
In September Head said he was taunted with racial slurs from a passing pickup truck. The university’s supposed inaction after the alleged altercation helped touch off the ongoing protests. Similar incidents involving taunts from moving vehicles were also reported last night.
(Source: NY Daily News)