1. Starving yourself will never move the crowd---not this 2015 crowd. We see more horrific things in our daily social media news feeds. You will lose a massive amount of weight and be extremely tired, but that's probably about it. (Kanye shrug) Burning yourself in effigy probably won't either. Someone will most likely extinguish your fire and you will be left with third degree burns all over your body. Not a good look or feel. (Please don't create a personal lake of fire). The impetus for immediate change didn't come from the brother who decided to deprive himself of cafeteria chow to arrest the attention of the University of Missouri. I'm almost certain they couldn't have cared less if another black man was removed from the face of the planet through starvation or anything else. It's not to say that his efforts didn't matter, though, because they did.
2. The threat of cancelled pay checks e.g. loss of revenue due to a boycott by the predominantly black football roster is what ultimately forced the hand of the Tigers leadership to "unfriend" the president of the university.
3. Marches alone do nothing for us but provide much-needed exercise. If we really want to affect change we will appropriate our money and talent where our voices are heard and echoed and our causes are supported and funded. We all can learn something from this semi-success story.
4. No one should be working or playing for peanuts. Earlier, I said it was a semi-success story because as college athletes, who happen to be black, they could have gone further and demanded that all collegiate athletes be offered a monthly stipend while actively enrolled and participating in collegiate sports activities. The schools, sporting good companies, and many others make millions, if not billions, of dollars off the backs of collegiate athletes who essentially play for free. That's the wrong answer. When you have the world's attention, shock the world!