This may be a week old battle at this point, but it is still very important because it shows the impact and power student-athletes actually posses. Of course we are going through some tense times when it comes to race relations from Trayvon Martin, to Mike Brown, to Eric Garner, to racial instances on college campus.
Through each issue, you have seen protest and rallies. Some violent, but most calm, however none of them have actually had a huge impact until NOW. Along with most of the student body, the entire University of Missouri football team decided to protest and boycott playing in the football game if current University President, Tim Wolfe, did not step down for his lack of response to racial issues on campus (see the list of demands here). It culminated in the resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. A huge victory was gained for racial protest, blacks, and student-athletes.
The interim president was appointed shortly, Michael Middleton, and he made it clear that he hears the concerns. Unsurprising, since Middleton, 68, was a founder of Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians who issued that set of demands 46 years ago.
“It is clear to me the first step is to devote attention to addressing those demands,” Middleton said at his introductory news conference. “It is imperative to hear from all students and do everything we can to make them comfortable and safe in our community.”
I know there is a lot of chaos going on in the world, but this is still an important issue. We talk more about this in the videos below.