Racial tensions are simmering at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and the pot finally boiled over. In an announcement via Twitter Saturday night, black players on the University’s football team stated their intention to strike. A photo of 32 black men accompanies the statement.
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!!!!!
Campus groups have, in the past, protested the ways in which University president Tim Wolfe has dealt with issues of racial harassment on the college campus. A black graduate student, Jonathan Butler, is currently in the sixth day of a hunger strike to call attention to this issue.
Wolfe meet with Butler and other student groups on Friday to discuss the University’s handling of a variety of issues, including racism on campus, graduate student health care and the termination of the University’s contracts with Planned Parenthood.
Several instances of racism have occurred on the college campus, which is approximately 125 miles from Ferguson, Missouri, the site of massive protests against the killing of Michael Brown by a white police officer. Students state that the use of racial slurs is prevalent. In addition, a swastika was found on a school dormitory, and vandalism against minorities is on the rise.
The Missouri athletic department issued a statement in support of its student-athletes:
We all must come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so.
Let’s watch the ESPN report on the strike:
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