According to SI.com, University of Missouri football players are going on strike in protest of school president Tim Wolfe.
According to a statement released through Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians organization, “the athletes of color” on the Missouri team “will no longer participate in football-related activities,” until Wolfe steps down or is removed from his position. They cite Wolfe’s “negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.” It remains unclear from the wording if all of the team’s African-American players are participating.
This decision comes in wake of a series of racially charged, discriminatory incidents on Missouri’s campus during the 2015-16 academic year. Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 2 in opposition of Wolfe, who has served as president since 2012. Butler shared the players’ statement on Facebook Saturday night. A petition exists on Change.org also calling for Wolfe’s removal.
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