The Mizzou Campus Protests (2015) are those by Black students at the University of Missouri. On November 9th 2015, right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh informed his listeners:
“For those of you who are just now getting attuned to what’s happening during the day the University of Missouri’s embattled president has resigned. His name is Tim Wolfe. He just quit, just resigned because of committing the crime of being a white male.”
The Black players on the Missouri Tigers, university’s football team, had refused to play in any future games till Wolfe stepped down. There was one coming up this weekend. The university stood to lose $1 million. The Tigers bring in $35 million a year.
But Wolfe’s “crime” was not in being a White male, but in doing nothing about the rising racism at the university despite protests.
- On September 11th 2015, Payton Head, the Missouri Students Association president, was called the N-word by White students.
- On October 5th, the Legion of Black Collegians were practising a play when a White male took the microphone and called them the N-word.
- On October 24th, a student drew a swatsika – in human shit.
All this at a “liberal” university.
When Concerned Students 1950 wrote letters and asked for an investigation into these incidents, Wolfe did nothing.
When Concerned Students 1950 locked arms in front of his car to get his attention to talk to him, Wolfe – called the police.
Eight days ago Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike. He said he would not eat till Wolfe stepped down or was removed.
Still Wolfe did nothing.
Then the Black football players said they would not play or even go to practice till Butler ate again. Their coach and the whole athletic department stood behind them.
Within 48 hours of missing their first practice, Wolfe stepped down. Like that.
There are four campuses of the University of Missouri (aka Mizzou). The protests took place at the campus in Columbia, Missouri. It is two hours from Ferguson, where Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, was gunned down last year by a White police officer. That led to months of protests in Ferguson. Some of the Mizzou students took part in those protests. The police officer got off – and meanwhile back on campus racism was getting worse.
The state of Missouri in 2011 was 12% Black. The university is only 7% Black. Although the university was founded in the early 1800s, it did not admit Black students till 1950. Thus the name: Concerned Students 1950.
So what now? One of the main demands of Concerned Students 1950:
“We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.”
They also want the faculty and staff to be 10% Black within in two years. They want the univesity to do more so that fewer marginalized students drop out. Etc.
– Abagond, 2015
- Twitter: #Mizzou
- Yale protests
- The N-word
- Michael Brown
- other protests this year:
- Elizabeth Eckford
- White Liberal Guide to Black People