Better East Texas: The power of student protests

Better East Texas: The power of student protests

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Two administrators in the University of Missouri system quit recently as a response to a call to resign by organized students at the University of Missouri.

Football players and a large group of other students essentially went on strike because of a weak response by university administration to several racially offensive incidents. One of the students is from east Texas – John Tyler High School graduate Ayanna Poole. You have to hand it to the student groups in organizing and getting their point across and ultimately making a difference.

Other college student groups are taking notes and this could be the tip of a new era of involvement by young people in charting their course and righting wrongs as opposed to sitting back passively. If that is the case, it is also a time that needs to be cared for with thoughtful hands. Student protests typically have minimal impact in the modern area but you can go back forty-five years and student protests against the Vietnam War were violent.

So students do need to stand up for what is right but this cannot turn into a referendum on the effectiveness of university administration just for the heck of it or for something that is not truly meaningful. They must be used with thoughtfulness and a spirit to right a wrong. It is obvious that these types of organized, peaceful protests can change policy and it is encouraging to see students caring for their university in this way.

Perhaps it will create the next generation of effective leaders and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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