Football players at the University of Missouri said they won’t participate in team activities until university President Tim Wolfe is removed from office as a part of a protest over the way the university handles racism and related harassment. This morning, November 9, concerned faculty announced a two-day walkout in support of team and their head coach, Gary Pinkel, who tweeted in support of his players, “The Mizzou Family stands as one.”
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
In the past few months, Columbia, Missouri has experienced a ton of racist acts, most recently a swastika drawn with human feces which appeared on a college dorm’s brand new white wall last week.
Black graduate student Jonathan Butler, 25, started a hunger strike last week over the issue.
“I already feel like campus is an unlivable space,” said Butler. “So it’s worth sacrificing something of this grave amount, because I’m already not wanted here. I’m already not treated like I’m a human.”
President Wolfe met with Butler on Friday, after which he released a statement that said, “I am very concerned about Jonathan’s health. His voice for social justice is important and powerful. He is being heard and I am listening. I am thankful for the leadership provided by him and the other student leaders in raising awareness of racism, injustice, and intolerance. This afternoon I also met with representatives of several student groups and I value their input and hear their voices.”
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Update, 11:30 am
President Tim Wolfe has resigned.