Criticism over how the University of Missouri is handling a series of racist incidents on campus is still making headlines.
The outcry and protests of a group who call themselves “The Concerned Students 1950” have made their presence known. The group’s name signifies the year that the first black graduate student was accepted to the University of Missouri.
The group blocked former University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe’s car as it was proceeding in their homecoming parade on Oct. 10 as a way of protesting his lack of action in what it called racists incident.
Wolfe did not respond to the group’s concern at this time. Now, Wolfe and the President of the University of Missouri System are both gone, having resigned instead of facing continued criticism in this sensitive situation.
Wolfe’s departure and resignation points to two things: (1) civil disobedience in college campuses is alive and (2) no one can take racism lightly. We applaud the University of Missouri students for their peaceful protest of what they found were incidents that were not addressed properly by the university.
We are saddened, however, by the consequences of their actions. The resignation of two powerful leaders seems harsh.
Wolfe has since apologized for his lack of attention to the needs and concerns of the offended students.
Too late. In today’s hypersensitive world there is no time to dally and no tolerance for inaction against any cries of racism
Observers have made reference to the student’s protests as organized, peaceful civil disobedience. This organized group maintained their goal – which was to create awareness and take action against racism on their campus. The student group felt compelled to protest because the racial slurs and social media attacks on the minority were increasing.
The Concerned Students 1950’s group came together in the tradition of civil disobedience protests of the 1960s and 1970s. We can agree that they have made their mark and their voices have been heard.
They continue to speak out against all of the wrongdoing that they and the generations before have endured. Members of the Concerned Students 1950 and those not associated with the group, both want change.
Their attempt to fight for change is an understatement.
The group initially started protesting against the lack of action that was being taken when racial slurs were being made against students across campus.
Several students groups and players on the football team wanted Wolfe to step down to his lack of action over discrimination and racism on their campus.
The Concerned Students 1950 gained momentum and media attention. Wolfe had no recourse but to resign as University President.
This type of bravery is world- changing. We believe this has brought light to the importance of the civil rights that our ancestors fought for and that we and the generations to come deserve.