The story writes itself. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit:
Jonathan Butler, the University of Missouri graduate student who went on a weekend hunger strike, comes from a family worth $20 million. His father is a railroad vice president and made over $8 million last year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has some background on Butler:
Jonathan Butler played high-school football at Omaha Central High, where he won a state championship, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mizzou, the newspaper reports. He is working toward a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy.
He is a member of a prominent Omaha family. The newspaper says that Butler’s father is Eric L. Butler, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad. His 2014 compensation was $8.4 million, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Eric L. Butler and his wife, Cynthia Butler, serve as pastors of Joy of Life Ministries, the newspaper reported. Along with Jonathan Butler, the couple has two other children.
Butler, who was seen walking on the Mizzou campus on Tuesday, has declined to be interviewed by the Post-Dispatch, other than to say he was feeling better.
The Omaha World-Herald fills us in on why Butler went on his hunger strike:
Butler told the Washington Post that he had been a victim of racism on campus, including being called racial slurs and having the n-word written on his dorm room door.
“For me, it really is about a call for justice,” he said. “I’m fighting for the black community on campus because justice is worth fighting for. And justice is worth starving for.
Just when you think this story couldn’t get any more bizarre, it does. “Justice” is one of those concepts you can spout about all day and never really explain. Does Butler want justice for the racial slurs? For someone writing the “N” word on his dorm-room door? (Neither incident apparently documented.) Do we put people in jail or even arrest them for name calling? I still get called “Four Eyes” by adult juveniles. Should we make that illegal too?
I don’t whether it’s because of my advanced years or the fact that I live such an insulated life, but I swear I haven’t a clue what is going on here. Logic, reason, tolerance, reality — all have all been abandoned for what appears to me to be an overwhelming desire to destroy for the sake of destruction; bully for the sake of bullying; intimidate for the sake of intimidation.
There’s no rhyme or reason to it. And I suppose that’s the point.