It’s been a very busy couple of days for those at the University of Missouri. After repeated racial incidents and tensions that students felt were mishandled or ignored, protests began and graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike, calling for the removal of university president Tim Wolfe as well as a list of demands for a more inclusive community. The turning point was when black football players, with the support of their head coach, insisted they would not play or practice until the president resigned.
The chairman of the state’s House Higher Education Committee said it had become clear that Wolfe could “no longer effectively lead.” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill pressed the university to act. The university system’s governing board responded by calling an emergency meeting. That is where Wolfe appeared Monday morning, appearing to hold back tears as he announced that he would step down. “I’ve thought and prayed about this decision. It’s the right to do,” Wolfe said.
The future will tell if the university is really committed to change.
Team Blackness discussed the events at the university in detail, as well as the “gentler” war on drugs, and the latest controversy for Christians, this time concerning Starbucks.