Mizzou Proposes Reform Initiatives after Racial Flap
One day after University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced plans to step down, the school announced plans for several initiatives aimed at improving the racial atmosphere on its four campuses.
The news follow weeks of campus protests, a student hunger strike and 30 black members of the football team refusing to play over concerns of race problems on campus.
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Gary Pinkel, the head football coach, supported his players' decision to boycott. Players were concerned with the health of graduate student Jonathan Butler, who had not eaten for a week as part of protests.
Pinkel told reporters, "I did the right thing and I'd do it again."
Butler responded to the president's resignation at a campus rally Monday.
"This was the Mizzou community, for one of the first times that I've ever seen, stand together united," Butler said.
The mounting racial issues on campus included a Facebook post from the student body president in September complaining that someone screamed racial slurs at him. In October, someone found a swastika in a dormitory bathroom.
Students felt President Wolf showed indifference to the racial tensions at the school.
Wolf now says he takes "full responsibility for the frustration," and he said their complaints were "clear" and "real."
Wolf issued a statement saying, "Racism does exist at our university. I am sorry this is the case."