By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
A bunch of black football players on the University of Missouri football team Tweeted out the other night that they refuse to take part in team activities until the university president resigns from office. I say, kick every one of them off the team. No big loss. If this is the kind of respect you show your university and your team, then you shouldn’t be part of it. They claim that University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has been too slow in response to racial slurs and they aren’t standing for it. From what I understand, Wolfe is for all students’ rights and that is what they object to. So much so, that one graduate student was on a hunger strike. Let him starve if that is what he chooses to do. It’s still a free country. At least for now.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — Black Missouri football players announced Saturday night on Twitter that they will not participate in team activities until the university president is removed from office.
The statement from the athletes was tweeted out Saturday by several members of the football team, including starting running back Russell Hansbrough.
The move aligns the team with campus groups who have been protesting the way university president Tim Wolfe has dealt with issues of racial harassment during the school year. Jonathan Butler, a black graduate student, is in the sixth day of a hunger strike to call attention to the issue.
The statement from the players included a photograph of 32 black men, including Butler. In the photo, two players have their arms linked through his:
The message reads: “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!!!!!”
Wolfe met with Butler and student groups on Friday to discuss the university’s handling of racial harassment cases.
Butler also has expressed concern about other student issues, including the removal of graduate student health care subsidies and an end to university contracts with a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Student groups have been critical over how Wolfe has handled issues of race and discrimination, and blocked his car at homecoming in an attempt to speak with him. They have complained that the use of racial slurs is prevalent. In April, a swastika was found in a Missouri dormitory, and officials said last month they were investigating another act of vandalism that targeted minorities.
The campus of 35,448 is mostly white. Approximately 17 percent of the student population identifies with a minority group, according to the university website.
Missouri last played Thursday night at home, losing to Mississippi State to fall to 4-5 on the season. The Tigers have three more games left, including next Saturday at home against BYU.
They are also whining about Obamacare subsidies being removed and the ending of Planned Parenthood contracts. What does that have to do with football? Do players get abortions now? This is total leftist, racist, Marxist claptrap. Wolfe has been far more patient with these jerks than I would be. Race has nothing to do with it. They claim to have found a swastika in a dorm made out of feces. Color me highly skeptical on that claim. If there was one, it was probably a liberal plant. These idiots have been threatening Wolfe for some time and he stood his ground until today when he resigned. What the hell for? Being white? I bet he quit and said to them, ‘Here… you can have them. I’m through!’ And I wouldn’t blame him in the least.
Tim Wolfe was eloquent and distinguished in his stepping down. He’s too good for that university; they don’t deserve him. He took full responsibility, but the real fault lies with the radicals. I don’t think he should have stepped down. He caved to a bunch of Marxist students who only care about themselves. He was dignified in his resignation, but it still had the feel of surrender. 8% of the school is black and they are letting them dictate policy.
From USA Today:
The University of Missouri system’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigned Monday morning in the face of growing protests by African-American students, the threat of a walkout by faculty and a strike by football players who said he had done too little to combat racism on campus.
Wolfe made the stunning announcement at the start of a special Board of Curators meeting Monday morning that had been scheduled to address the growing crisis at the Show Me state’s flagship university. The board voted in favor of accepting his resignation.
“I am resigning as president of the University Missouri system,” said Wolfe, who choked up as he announced he was stepping down. “My motivation in making this decision comes from a love of Columbia where I grew up and the state of Missouri. I thought and prayed over this decision. It is the right thing to do … The frustration and anger I see is real, and I don’t doubt it for a second.”
After Wolfe’s announcement, the university’s athletic department said in a statement that the football team would return to the practice field Tuesday to prepare for its game on Saturday against BYU. Canceling the game would have cost the university in excess of $1 million. I sincerely hope no one shows. I know I wouldn’t. By the way, the basketball team refused to protest with these thugs. Good for them. But the faculty were ready to walk out. The football players and radical students should be expelled. The protesting faculty should be fired over this.
The student protesters, after having achieved their goal of ridding the university of Wolfe, were then confrontational with reporters today. They set up a “no media safe space” for protesters and harassed reporters who were trying to take photos. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s sports writer Benjamin Hochman tweeted out images of protesters linking arms to create the “safe space” and also tweeted out a video of protesters clashing with a reporter who presumably infringed upon the safe space. Sounds like these dimwits are getting their degrees in fascism.
The students at Mizzou have built a human shield to block reporters from interviewing peaceful protesters pic.twitter.com/YCZjuvIZDL
— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) November 9, 2015
Just took this video of a confrontation involving a reporter and those blocking the protest area on Mizzou's campus pic.twitter.com/cFhQmrRE0u
— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) November 9, 2015
Hundreds of protesters gathered on the university’s quad to celebrate after Wolfe announced his resignation. Shame on these morons. They sang We Shall Overcome, a song that had become an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement and said the episode was just one moment in what will be a larger push for change on campus. You betcha! This is the Black Lives Matter movement on campus. This is just the beginning in institutions of higher victimization as Rush Limbaugh put it today.
As Denise Simon put it, this has the social justice types at the White House and the Department of Justice’s fingerprints all over it. These people don’t have specific demands… they just want blacks and radicals to control the campus and university. These universities have bred this and are now reaping what they have sown. I don’t feel sorry for them and I don’t think we should have our children attending them. They are a breeding ground for radicals, communists and insurgents. Enough of the white privilege already.
This whole thing is insane and getting worse. I’ll close by sharing the radicals’ inane demands. This is what higher learning has morphed into in America. They now force anyone who doesn’t agree with them out. Bet their parents are proud.
Demands from Concerned Student 1950 – they get their name from the first year that a black student attended the university:
I. We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-9-5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.
II. We demand the immediate removal of Tim Wolfe as UM system president. After his removal a new amendment to UM system policies must be established to have all future UM system president and Chancellor positions be selected by a collective of students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
III. We demand that the University of Missouri meets the Legion of Black Collegians’ demands that were presented in 1969 for the betterment of the black community.
IV. We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained, and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.
V. We demand that by the academic year 2017-2018, the University of Missouri increases the percentage of black faculty and staff campus-wide to 10%.
VI. We demand that the University of Missouri composes a strategic 10 year plan by May 1, 2016 that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.
VII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding and resources for the University of Missouri Counseling Center for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals — particularly those of color, boosting mental health outreach and programming across campus, increasing campus-wide awareness and visibility of the counseling center, and reducing lengthy wait times for prospective clients.
VIII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding, resources, and personnel for the social justices centers on campus for the purpose of hiring additional professionals, particularly those of color, boosting outreach and programming across campus, and increasing campus-wide awareness and visibility.