Students at the university claim that for months, their president has failed to do anything to combat a series of racist incidents on or near the Columbia campus. They also cite his lack of understanding towards the issues and challenges that black students face at the University.
Student Activist groups, such as Concerned Student 1950, a group that aims to represent every black student admitted into the university since 1950 – the year the University began to accept black students, have all stood together and demanded Wolfe’s immediate removal. The group has gone as far as blocking the University of Missouri’s homecoming parade route in attempts to denounce the University of Missouri’s administration for their inadequacies when it comes to combating racism at MU.
One student at Mizzou, Jonathan Butler, even started a hunger strike in protest of the way racial issues are handled at the university.
With the members of the football program now joining in on this cause, the issues of racism at the University of Missouri are getting national attention. Players on the team released a statement via Twitter that reads:
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’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!!
The University of Missouri Tigers are currently 6th in the Southeastern Conference with a record of 4-5. With the absence of such a large group of players, the administration at the University of Missouri must be strategic in the way they handle this situation.
[UPDATE: 10:45 pm]
DB John Gibson III confirm that coaches fully support their strike.
[UPDATE: 11:45 pm]
Mizzou Athletics issued a statement saying that they are aware of the declarations made and that they fully support their student-athletes.
[UPDATE 1:00 pm]
University of Missouri Head Coach, Gary Pinkel tweets photo in solidarity. The entire team stands behind Concerned Students 1950.
Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigns amid racial tension on the University of Missouri campus.
Defensive back Anthony Sherrils:
Linebacker Grant Jones: