TOPIC: NonViolent protest overturns University President
NonViolent protest overturns University President
10 Nov 2015 20:46 #8455
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Racist encounters have been plaguing the university of Missouri. Racial slurs are consistently shouted on campus and a large swastika was drawn with feces on a wall. Many students believe that Mizzou’s University president, Tim Wolfe, mishandled such events. The University’s students and athletes used non-violent actions to make their statements and request that Wolfe resign or be fired.
On November 2nd, grad student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike. He pledged not to eat until Wolfe steps down. Then 32 black players from Mizzou’s football team united and threatened to sit out during all football activities until Wolfe was out of the picture. The team made the announcement on Legions of Black Collegians twitter account Saturday night. After their tweet, students started camping out on campus to support the team’s decision.
By Monday morning, November 9th, Wolfe resigned and the team resumed practice later that day. It’s unfortunate that Wolfe didn’t take more appropriate actions when he should have. Plus, instead of resigning he should have taken action make changes for the campus. I also believe action was taken on the administrative side because the potential cost for the team to miss their next game was around 1 million dollars. While I am glad this has been resolved and Butler can eat again, I wonder how much the money had to do with Wolfe’s resignation. I also wonder what will happen to racism on the MU campus.