Frank Fear: Hosey says he’s protesting because he doesn’t want history to be forgotten. “My specific protest, ”writes Hosey, “is to bring to light the injustices of the past and to have them discussed, recognized, and learned about.”
Frank Fear: Am I surprised? Certainly not. But I also know what they are up against. Those in charge will stall, divert, deflect, impede, and block.
Frank Fear: There’s a big reason why so many politicians and businesspersons serve as college/university presidents and chancellors: In background and approach, they’re just like the trustees who hire them.
Frank Fear: Higher education, which had been a largely progressive institution when I entered the Academy, has evolved into a corporate, neoliberal, capitalistic enterprise. What’s happening at MSU now—and at so many other schools—is the manifestation of a social institution that has lost its soul.
Frank Fear: There’s probably no better example of “flipped brands” than what has happened in Michigan over the last year or so. Let’s look at two campaigns: Pure Michigan and Spartans Will.
Frank Fear: Over time, the Democratic mainstream has become more neoliberal and less progressive. Bill Clinton showed the way. Many Dems followed willingly and, since then, they’ve “kept the party going.”
Frank Fear: Players in this neo-plantation system participate without compensation. They play at risk. The majority are African Americans—a good share of whom might not be in college if it were not for sports, and who probably wouldn’t be matriculating “on scholarship” without sports.
Frank Fear: Nike has what Adidas and Under Armour do not—a face. The public has no idea who runs either of Nike’s major competitors. Not so with Nike. Phil Knight is the face of the franchise.
Frank Fear: For a very long time, endowment activity took place without much notice. Administrators would publish annual results, including reporting overall return and offering an investment breakout by category. Today that’s simply not enough.
Frank Fear: An open question is whether ESPN’s handling of the Hill situation will make it more difficult for companies to impose sanctions when employees speak out politically.
Frank Fear: Institutions have much to lose when things go array. And that conclusion isn’t lost on university administrators as they evaluate how to proceed in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.
Frank Fear: How many American can relate to Obama or Reagan, Eisenhower or Lincoln? Not many. But how many can relate to Trump? A whole bunch.
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of this land will reach their heart’s content at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”