University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned after a series of protest over alleged racial difficulties on campus likely forced the University’s hand. One of the stand out protest included all the black players for Mizzou’s football team sitting out until he was removed.
ConcernedStudent1950 protest organization released a list of demands on October 20th, one demand being that Wolfe be released. After a couple of weeks of pressure, concluded with the football team’s black players’ announcement, Wolfe finally met his end.
According to ABCNews, Wolfe released the following statements during his formal resignation.
“Full responsibility for inaction that has occurred.”
“My motivation in making this decision comes from love,” he said. “I love M.U. Columbia, where I grew up, and state of Missouri. I have thought and prayed about this decision. It’s the right thing to do.”
The problem now, however, is that the dust on this resignation will settle. Do you think this will end the list of demands? Absolutely not. ConcernedStudent1950 also wants an inclusion curriculum aimed at increasing black staff and faculty. So not only are they able to drive away a high level executive figure, but now they’ll be in charge of hiring staff for the college. How could the University now turn around and deny any of their hostage demands? They’ve already proven more than willing to comply, they’ve shown the chink in the armor, that they are now afraid of the mob.
This group isn’t just going to end asking for demands. The University has admitted wrong in this case, ConcernedStudent1950 now has all the leverage. The University will now spend years trying to appease them, which essentially amounts to complying with their demands. Today probably seemed like a good idea to the University, a way to avoid the temporary backlash of standing strong, but tomorrow will prove to be a much more difficult journey.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 9, 2015