Over the course of my sister in laws birthday dinner, the topic of how to allow your voice to be heard was discussed. The start of this conversation was in regards to the resignation of the President for the University of Missouri System. It is something that has been on most peoples minds here in Kansas City and created an environment where people felt they needed to take sides. I guess that’s not surprising given the state of the world as we know it these days.
Our discussion started to gain traction when questions were brought up whether the student who conducted the hunger strike went about it the right way to foster change in a positive manner. Several people felt as though the actions by the student and the support of the football team created a situation where the overall issues became more divisive as opposed to more inclusive for all of the stakeholders involved. As I’ve had a chance to think about this, it seems to me that there were not many options that the students had. Given the lack of communication between the schools leadership and the students, there was an inevitable breaking point that would take place. When change is brought about, things can get messy as it did in this instance. Hopefully, we can all learn from this and continue to advance ourselves collectively moving forward.