Today, Tim Wolfe, the president and chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia (also known as Mizzou) resigned his position and titles after many complaints by the student body that Wolfe had been using racial slurs against the black community. In fact, the Mizzou football plays went on strike unless Wolfs resigned from his position, The football players took to Twitter on Saturday night that they would not return to practice unless Wolfe stepped down. Wolfe claimed that the racial tension had been going on over the last school year and it was out of control. A graduate student, Johnathan Butler, who is black and used this as motivation to go on a week long hunger strike in an attempt to rally others in favor of Wolfe’s dismissal.
Moreover, many faculty members threatened to walkout had Wolfe not resigned because of claims that he did very little if anything to fight against racism on campus. Mizzou is considered the flag school of the four universities, The other three include the University of Kansas City (also known as UMKC), the University of Missouri – Rolla (also known as UMR), and the University of Missouri – Saint Louis (also known as UMSL) which is just miles from Ferguson where racial tension led to riots last year due to the Michael Brown incident.
The Twitter message read as follows:
“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!!!!!”
Other students blocked the homecoming parade in attempts to get Wolfe’s attention. In April, a Swastika symbol was discovered in one of the campus dorms. Reportedly, there were claims that Wolfe ignored many complaints about other faculty and students who were engaged in racial slurs of minorities on campus, while others complained that Wolf himself also made racial slurs. Ironically, the Wolfe called a special Board of Curators meeting today and when he offered his resignation, the board voted in favor of accepting it. This news led to nationwide breaking news. Basically, Wolfe stated that his decision to step down was in the best interest of the community. Apparently, there were  department Deans who voted in favor of Wolfe’s dismissal. The board also agreed to reinstate health insurance for graduate students as evidence that they plan to improve relations with the student body and the faculty.