On Saturday, Missouri’s black players announced that they will not participate in any football activities until Tim Wolfe, University President, resigns or gets fired. The straw that broke the camel’s back happened just weeks ago when a giant swastika made up of human feces was smeared upon the wall of a new dormitory. Of course this act came from a result terrorist vandalism, but it’s not the first time racist situations have tarnished the campus. The 32 players on strike feel that Wolfe has done nothing to prevent or discourage these unacceptable occurrences.
Sophomore DB Anthony Sherrils tweeted:
“”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’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!””
CB John Gibson III tweeted clarity to show that his coaches are not to blame whatsover:
“Has nothing to do with our coaches. Our coaches are 100% behind us. Including the white ones,”
This is no joke. One Missouri graduate began a hunger strike on Monday. The concern for the malnourished young man finally got President Lowe to release a statement:
Today I again had the opportunity to meet with MU graduate student Jonathan Butler who continues a hunger strike protesting the inequalities, inequities, and obstacles faced by students, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri. I am very concerned about Jonathan’s health. His voice for social justice is important and powerful. He is being heard and I am listening. I am thankful for the leadership provided by him and the other student leaders in raising awareness of racism, injustice, and intolerance. This afternoon I also met with representatives of several student groups and I value their input and hear their voices.
Racism does exist at our university and it is unacceptable. It is a long-standing, systemic problem which daily affects our family of students, faculty and staff. I am sorry this is the case. I truly want all members of our university community to feel included, valued and safe.
Racism stands as one of the ugliest parts of our society. Props to these athletes for putting their morals before their passion for the game.