Racial Awareness at the University of Missouri

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In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Jonathan Butler uses a megaphone to encourage others to stand and chant during a “day of action” celebrating graduate students and draw attention to their demands in Traditions Plaza on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. Butler began his hunger strike on Nov. 2 to call attention to racial problems at the state’s flagship university. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The president of the University of Missouri resigns over a racial tension at his school; his name was  Tim Wolfe, a former business executive with no previous experience in academic leadership.black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state’s four-college system. 30 black football players announced that they would not play until the president leaves

“This is not the way change comes about,” Wolfe said, alluding to recent protests, in a halting statement that was simultaneously apologetic, clumsy and defiant. “We stopped listening to each other.”

The racial conflict could make a huge revolution in this country, it could even be worst that how it used to be 30 years ago. Not only in schools but also on the outer environments.

Black members of the football team joined the outcry on Saturday night. By Sunday, a campus sit-in had grown in size, graduate student groups planned walkouts and politicians began to weigh in.

By Monday, Wolf did not show any intention to leave, and he agreed to the statement that was published on Sunday saying “change is needed”. He also said ” the university was working to draw up a plan by April to promote diversity and tolerance”. Football coach Gary Pinkel expressed solidarity with players on Twitter, posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms.  The post says  “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players.”

“He [ the school President ] has not only enabled a culture of racism since the start of his tenure in 2012, but blatantly ignored and disrespected the concerns of students,” the group wrote.

 

 

If you are facing any racial problems and you are a student in FCPS here is how you can report it:

http://www.fcps.edu/usingsite/inquiries.shtml