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COLUMBIA, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — Black Missouri football players announced Saturday night on Twitter that they will not participate in team activities until the university president is removed from office.
The statement from the athletes was tweeted out Saturday by several members of the football team, including starting running back Russell Hansbrough.
The move aligns the team with campus groups who have been protesting the way university president Tim Wolfe has dealt with issues of racial harassment during the school year. Jonathan Butler, a black graduate student, is in the sixth day of a hunger strike to call attention to the issue.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: Metallicus
They are saying it is because of his lack of response to the incidents. Had nothing to do with him being white like you are saying.
Sounds a bit race baitish to me. Why even bring race up?
Also, don't necessarily agree with them demanding his resignation.
Oh and you might want to talk about the swastika made out of feces as one of the incidents that sparked this. More then just drunk kids throwing out slurs.
If you say it doesn't have to do with the President being white then you are more naive than I thought you were.
originally posted by: buster2010
Oh the poor white man being targeted by blacks. The reason why he is being targeted isn't because he is white it's because racism has been going on for some time on that campus and he has sit on his butt and done nothing about it. Here is the timeline of incidents that led up until the students calling for him to leave. Racial climate at MU: A timeline of incidents so far this fall It took maybe two minutes to find this next time do a little searching instead of playing the race card and start the poor white guy whine. Also the head coach who is white is also supporting his players in their call for the president to leave. So much for this just being black against white huh?
originally posted by: Sremmos80
So far the defections are that if the Wolfe was black this wouldn't be happening and if the football team was better this wouldn't be happening.
Both hypotheticals that aren't not the case. Nothing about the actual issues going on from those against this.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Thanks for the link - Racial climate at MU: A timeline of incidents so far this fall
Read it all and it appears to be more "look at us" nonsense based on little or nothing. Their biggest complaint is "systematic" (systemic - this is a college, right?) racism at the school.
The adjective systematic means (1) carried out using step-by-step procedures, or (2) of, characterized, or constituting a system. It typically describes carefully planned processes that unfold gradually. Systemic, which is narrower in definition, means systemwide or deeply engrained in the system. It usually describes habits or processes that are difficult to reverse because they are built into a system.
There is some gray area between the words. When there is doubt, it’s usually safer to go with systematic, which is older and more broadly defined.
One student released a video in which the UM System president responds to the question, "Tim Wolfe, what do you think systematic oppression is?"
Wolfe says, "It's — systematic oppression is because you don't believe that you have the equal opportunity for success — "
The crowd of students reacts negatively, and the chatter is mostly inaudible.
Someone in the crowd yells, "Did you just blame us for systematic oppression, Tim Wolfe? Did you just blame black students —" before the video cuts off.