In the wake of mounting racial tension, which culminated in a swastika scrawled in human feces appearing on a dorm room wall last month, a University of Missouri graduate student named Jonathan Butler is waging a hunger strike in protest. Butler plans on continuing his strike until the university’s president, Tim Wolfe, steps down or is removed from his post.
Wolfe has been accused by Butler and others of negligence in addressing the rising tension and racial problems on campus.
Tonight, black players on the Missouri football team joined Butler’s fight. The group posted a message on Twitter declaring that they would be boycotting all football activities until Wolfe is gone.
— LBC (@MizzouLBC) November 8, 2015
— HeMadeAKing (@1Sherrils_2MIZZ) November 8, 2015
This is a very bold, unified statement by these Missouri players. It is obviously something they feel strongly about. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.