Black Student Protests Force Resignation of University of Missouri’s Tim Wolfe
Written by WURD Radio on November 9, 2015
After months of complaints about overt racial discrimination on the campuses of the University of Missouri, Black student groups have succeeded in forcing the resignation of Tim Wolfe, the university system president. His resignation is effective immediately.
The last several weeks have seen major protests and sit-ins by student groups, and even a hunger strike by a graduate student-activist named Jonathan Butler. Tensions peaked over the weekend when nearly three dozen of the school’s Black football players announced that they would not participate in any team activities until Wolfe resigned or was removed from his post.
By Sunday night, reports surfaced of graduate student groups planning walkouts, and the Missouri Students Association – made up of the 27,000 undergraduates at the system’s Columbia campus – submitted a letter to the Missouri System Board of Curators calling for Wolfe’s resignation.
In a televised speech, Wolfe took responsibility for the poor handling of racist incidents within the university’s network of campuses, and for declining to speak directly to protestors.