OU student running back Joe Mixon: punched a girl so hard he broke four bones in her face and knocked her unconscious.
As always in these race stories, there's a big element of hypocrisy and double standards.
This has emerged as the spotlight of national attention and racial sanctimony has swept across President Boren's university. It turns out there are students at Oklahoma U with worse things on their rap sheet than singing songs about lynching … unless you think that nothing on God's earth could possibly be worse than that, in which case you're reading the wrong blog
I'm still chewing my way through Exhibit A, the University of Oklahoma, so I shall have to list the following as sub-categories of that.
Here we go, then. Exhibit A(i): Black guy Chuka Ndulue, who was a defensive tackle on the university football team. In summer of 2013, Ndulue pleaded no contest to a DUI charge, and got a deferred one-year sentence from the court. The university suspended him from playing for one game.
Exhibit A(ii): Black guy Frank Shannon, who is a linebacker on the university football team. In April last year, a female student alleged that Shannon sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment. The civil authorities declined to prosecute, but the university investigated and found Shannon had violated the school's sexual misconduct policy. They suspended him for a year — note they did not expel him — and when he appealed to the State Supreme Court, the court upheld the suspension.
Exhibit A(iii): Black guy Dorial Green-Beckham is yet another football player, a wide receiver. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma from the University of Missouri last summer. Why did he do that? Well, because he was dropped from the Missouri football team last April after several arrests, the last one for forcing his way into a woman's home, violently threatening her, and then pushing another woman down a flight of stairs. Both women were 18 years old. Luckily for Green-Beckham the women declined to press charges, otherwise he'd have been up for burglary and assault.
So Missouri dropped the thug and Oklahoma jumped on the opportunity to recruit him, in the teeth of much criticism. He deserved a second chance, Oklahoma said. Alas for good intentions: NCAA rules require college transfers to sit out a season. Oklahoma applied for a waiver, but it was denied. Let's look on the bright side, though: not being able to play football has allowed Green-Beckham to concentrate on his studies in molecular biology.
Exhibit A(iv): Black guy Joe Mixon, also a footballer — this time a running back. Last July Mixon, who is of course large and muscular, made a pass at a small, slight young woman outside an off-campus coffee shop. The young woman rebuffed him. Mixon then hurled an insult at the young woman's boyfriend, who was nearby. The young woman objected, and Mixon smashed her in the face with his fist, breaking four bones in her face and leaving her unconscious.
That's what happened as witnesses reported it, anyway. The entire incident was actually filmed, but the video record has never been released, although President Boren has seen it, and on normal rules of evidence in criminal cases it should have been released last November.
Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor assault and given a one-year deferred sentence, with 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. He was suspended from the football team for this season, but not from the university; and of course there was no question of him being expelled. Oklahoma U doesn't expel students for trivial things like smashing a girl's face.
Quote from President Boren on the case, quote:
The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life's experiences.Ah yes, those little experiences in life: like delivering a bone-shattering blow to the face of a girl half your weight and twelve inches shorter. Gosh, I hope the poor chap didn't hurt his fist. And let's be clear: The pain that young woman felt was nothing, nothing, by comparison with the pain felt by millions of blacks on hearing that some frat boys had sung a song about lynching while riding a bus.
Let the healing process begin!