COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) - Mizzou’s African-American football players announced Saturday night that they will no longer participate in football activities until university president Tim Wolfe either resigns or is removed from his post.
The football player’s stance comes on the heels of what many students on the University of Missouri Columbia campus say is increased racial tension on the campus.
We are told the most recent case involved an incident on October 24th when a Swastika carved with smeared feces was put on the wall of a new dormitory. That incident lead a graduate student to begin a hunger strike last week on the campus.
More than 30 African- America football players joined the protest Saturday and say they will stand side by side in solitary until the president of the university is removed.
In a statement released late Saturday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released a statement saying the university must address these concerns
Nixon says: 'Racism and intolerance have no place at the University of Missouri or anywhere in our state. Our colleges and universities must be havens of trust and understanding.
These concerns must be addressed to ensure the University of Missouri is a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.'
University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe released also released a statement also Sunday.
It reads, in part... "It is clear to all of us that change is needed, and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and passion which have gone into the sharing of concerns.
My administration has been meeting around the clock and has been doing a tremendous amount of reflection on how to address these complex matters." we talked with the president of the student body to get his reaction. “If you don’t understand what oppression is and the university mission. Missouri is slave state and that plays a role in it then you don’t belong here.”
We are told the football team meet sometime Sunday night and will remain steadfast until the president of the university meets their demands. At this point Wolfe has not given any indication if he will down.
As president, Wolfe oversees 4 campuses in the university system: Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla.
In a related note, the university systems board of curators has called a special meeting for Monday at 10 am in Columbia. It’s expected the board will start with a public session and then adjourn to an executive session.