More than a year ago, students at the University of Missouri were led by Black Lives Matter activists and held mass protests over perceived wrongs committed against black Americans on campus. The university made considerable concessions to the protesters, while the chancellor and president of the university resigned over the controversies that ensued.
 
This is the second year that the University of Missouri has seen a drop in freshman enrollment. The incoming freshman class at Mizzou is only 4,009 students, representing a steep 35% decrease from the entering class of Fall 2015 when the protests gripped the attention of the entire country. It represents a drop of approximately 2,000 students.
 
The protests were sparked by reports of incidents of alleged racism, racist graffiti, and so-called “hate crimes” on campus. The raucous protests are believed by some observers to have turned applying students to other institutions. As a result, seven residence halls will be dormant in the coming academic year. In addition, donations to the public university have dropped off. For example, donations to its athletics department dropped 72% last year.
 
Internal emails sent by faculty reveal fears of violence during the protests. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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