Amy Goodman

U. of Missouri President Resigns amid Protests over Campus Racism

2015-11-10T01:25:26-08:00

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University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has resigned after mass protests over his handling of racism on campus. For weeks, African-American students staged demonstrations over what they called a lax response to racial slurs and vandalism. Graduate student Jonathan Butler went on hunger strike last week. In a key moment Saturday, African-American football players joined the protest, vowing to boycott games and other team activities until Wolfe resigned. Faculty members staged a walkout, and the Missouri Students Association, representing 27,000 undergraduates, called for Wolfe's resignation. He announced his departure at a news conference Monday.

Tim Wolfe:

"I'd ask everybody, from students to faculty to staff, to my friends, everybody, use my resignation to heal and start talking again, to make the changes necessary, and let's focus on changing what we can change today and in the future."

Columbia campus Chancellor Bowen Loftin also said he will step down.



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