Missouri bill aims to stop college players from striking

A proposed bill in Missouri would impose a penalty on college athletes who decide to strike.

According to Chicagotribune.com, Missouri Republican Rick Brattin submitted a bill that “would strip scholarships from any athlete who calls, incites, supports or participates in any strike.”

The bill also calls for colleges and universities to hand down fines to any “coaching staff who encourage or enable such student protests.”

Brattin’s bill is in response to Missouri football players striking, or standing in protest, with students on campus who were upset at how the university mishandled complaints of racial mistreatment that many black students have been subjected to.

One graduate student, Jonathan Butler, staged a hunger strike until former University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned. It eventually worked as Wolfe stepped down not long after the story made national headlines.

But Republicans in Missouri are looking for order to be returned to the university. Another proposed bill may cut the school’s budget if the school is besieged by protests again.

These bills raise the larger issue of the options that students have if their concerns aren’t being met. Students, specifically black students, felt that their voices were not only being muffled, but they were completed muted.

Because the school’s administration failed to address the concerns of the students, many felt that protesting was the only way to make a change.

Suspending that ability and threatening to take scholarships away isn’t going to change a rotten culture by proposing legislating to make the problem worse.

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