According to an article from The New York Times, many black University of Missouri football players have declared that they will boycott football team activities until Timothy Wolfe, the university’s president, resigns.
The events that caused these students to take action involved incidents during which racial slurs were aimed at black students. Students who protested over this weekend claimed that officials failed to respond to racist and intolerant acts. The student protesters’ request was that Wolfe “step down or to be removed,” due to his inability to respond to the string of racist incidents that occurred on campus.
Saturday, the university’s black student government, The Legion of Black Collegians, posted a photo on Twitter of 30 plus members of the football team with a graduate student on hunger strike.
— LBC (@MizzouLBC) November 8, 2015
Gary Pinkel, head football coach, tweeted a football team photo today, to state support for boycotting players.
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
Football players also tweeted to raise awareness about the recent racist events that occurred and ways in which they, with the support of their coaches and teammates, plan to take action.
We love our coaches and we love each other as teammates, we are in this together!
— HeMadeAKing (@1Sherrils_2MIZZ) November 8, 2015
This is JUST not about race. It's about Grad students getting benefits and unity within the athletes and community#ConcernedStudent1950 #GGM
— Clarence Champ Green (@clgreen93mu) November 8, 2015
There is no racial tension between the team and coaches. We are a FAMILY. Just to make that clear.
— Russell Hansbrough (@imthatnike) November 8, 2015
— Trevon Walters ® (@trevon_walters) November 8, 2015
University of Missouri students, along with some others, have also been sending out tweets, since the weekend, regarding the incidents of racism and the boycott, tagging them “#ConcernedStudent1950.”
Nobody should have to tolerate racist hate in their communoty. I stand with the athletes #ConcernedStudent1950
— S. Ornitorrinco (@bonerbeagle) November 8, 2015
Send Wolfe a message that he doesn't get to ignore minority and underrepresented students and keep his job. #ConcernedStudent1950
— Dr. Miranda BAEly (@luvthispayne) November 8, 2015
#ConcernedStudent1950 is so powerful! Love to see the youth fighting for change!
— SameOl'G (@20_6ftclub) November 8, 2015
— Mariah Monèt (@Swagg_Queen_Ava) November 8, 2015
It's time to removed ANY leadership figures that do not eradicate systemic racial practices in higher learning. #ConcernedStudent1950
— Кэн Эьанс (@Kerberos2012) November 8, 2015
Makes me proud to see these Mizzou protests – they're a long time coming. Salute to all students/faculty taking part. #ConcernedStudent1950
— Shanelle (@ElysianHue) November 8, 2015
— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) November 8, 2015
— Alan Burdziak (@AlanBurdziak) November 8, 2015