Black University Of Missouri Football Players Refuse To Play
A large group of African American Missouri football players have refused to play for the University until system president Tim Wolfe resigns or is fired, according to Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians Saturday night says SB Nation.
Wolfe has come under fire in recent weeks for his and Missouri’s response to a recent series of race-related events. Most importantly, he gave what critics have deemed an insufficient response to a group of protestors who confronted him during Missouri’s Homecoming parade on Oct. 20, with the car carrying Wolfe also striking one of the protestors.
In response, a student group calling itself Concerned Student 1950 — which takes its name in part from the year that Missouri first admitted a black student — has emerged as a protesting body and in late October published a list of demands that include the resignation of Wolfe. And on Nov. 2, the protester struck by Wolfe’s car, a graduate student named Jonathan Butler, announced he would begin a hunger strike that would last until Wolfe resigns, writing of incidents including the president of the Missouri Students Association being called a racial slur on campus.
Wolfe met with Butler on Friday and issued a statement that included an apology for his response during the Homecoming parade. But he also had a far less successful run-in with protestors in Kansas City, answering a question about “systematic oppression” poorly enough to produce howls that chased him as he walked away from the conversation, and video of that interaction caught fire on social media late Friday night.
“The department of athletics is aware of the declarations made tonight by many of our student-athletes,” a Mizzou spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
This is the video of Missouri’s President giving a questionable response to a group of students and protesters:
The students have started the #ConcernedStudent1950 hashtag:
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