Watch University Of Missouri President Resign After Football Team Protests
The University of Missouri is about a two-hour drive from Ferguson -- the epicenter of the country's most visible racial tensions -- so it's no wonder the school has seen its fair share of hateful harassment. But the University has been surprisingly quiet when it comes to stemming the tide of on-campus racism, culminating in a tepid response to a swastika smeared in feces on a school facility.
Now it seems that the Mizzou football team's refusal to participate in any football-related activities (in protest of school president Tim Wolfe's poor leadership) has brought about meaningful change.
This was the statement that outlined their demand:
[Twitter] “The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere” We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experience. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!”
Wolfe's resignation was about as tone deaf as you'd expect. Though he said that students should “use my resignation to heal and start talking again to make the changes necessary," he prefaced it by saying "this is not how change comes about," claiming that people have stopped listening to each other. Um, listen to what? The people driving by screaming racial slurs in trucks brandishing Confederate flags?
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