Just a few days ago, many Black students at the University of Missouri celebrated a triumph in their struggle. Unfortunately since, they have been plagued by terroristic threats & no longer feel safe on campus. With a major victory comes a horrible outcome.
In recent weeks the University of Missouri has dealt with turmoil due to racial tensions. Black students at the university have felt unsafe & are not satisfied with how their concerns have been handled. Well, after protests they were able to force the president of the university to resign.
There has a concern over incidents of racism that have taken place on campus. Beyond having to deal with racial slurs, there was recently an incident where a swastika was drawn on a dormitory bathroom wall in feces. The Black community at Mizzou are fed up & want actions taken to insure their safety & peace while they get their education.
In response to these issues, Black students formed Concerned Student 1950. 1950 is the year that the first Black student was admitted into the university. While this formed, a graduate student named Jonathan Butler started a hunger strike. Butler declared that he would not eat until the president of the university resigned. This prompted wide-spread action across campus out of concern for his health. More than 30 members of the Mizzou football team boycotted all football activities in solidarity with Concerned Student 1950 & Butler. Professors & faculty also planned a walkout. This brought attention to the matter & seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Yesterday Tim Wolfe, the university president announced his resignation. The chancellor has also announced that he will be resigning before the year is out. Butler has announced that his hunger strike is over & the football players will be returning to practice. Celebrations broke out on campus following the announcement. It is a victory & yet there are still issues that must be resolved for the students. This all happened because the football team recognized their worth. It would have costed the university $1 million to cancel the next football game.
Mizzou is not the only campus dealing with protests in regards to race. Recently Ithaca College & Yale University have seen protests as well. Our generation is clearly showing no tolerance for hate & prejudice.
However, since then there have been threats that have left Black students at Mizzou afraid for their lives. They continue to feel unsupported by the university & police. To all Black students at Mizzou, please stay safe & know that you have our support. Please send support to these young people as they suffer terrorism. There is still much work to be done. Let’s hope there is no grave tragedy for these brave students.