Target: Former President of the Missouri university system Tim Wolfe
Goal: Thank the former president of MU for his resignation that will encourage new reform and action towards racism on campus.
A group of about 30 black players for the Missouri University football team sat out from games to demand the ousting of President Tim Wolfe, who stood by during extreme acts of racism and bigotry on Missouri college campuses. This has built from the long-standing outrage that students have shown for the lack of college staff action taken toward racism and discrimination against black students. Black student leaders have complained about the use of racist slurs and other hateful incidents, including a swastika smeared in human feces on a wall on campus.
Graduate student John Butler, who went on a hunger strike until the resignation of President Wolfe, stated that “students are not able to achieve their full academic potential because of the inequalities and obstacles they face,” according to a state newspaper in Columbia. He goes on to claim that the president had multiple opportunities to create reform against these crimes and failed to do so.
Thank this former university system president for his resignation, which will discourage this same lack of action taken by authorities in the future and ensure the safety and learning quality of all Missouri’s students.
Dear Former President Tim Wolfe,
A plague of discrimination and racism has unfortunately occurred across the student population of many of Missouri’s university campuses. This racism has flourished and gotten so out of control that a group of more than 30 black players from Missouri University football teams began boycotting their games until your ultimate decision to resign from your position in order for real change and reform to begin. In your time as president, you displayed extreme negligence and inaction towards the expressions of bigotry that were addressed, including an incident where a student smeared a swastika in human feces onto a campus wall.
This boycott is only the latest uproar in student outrage against these schools’ inaction towards bigotry among students, from extreme displays such as this case, to smaller injustices such as the public use of racial slurs. When confronted with this insistence of resignation, you initially made a statement claiming you were dedicated to an “ongoing dialogue” to address these issues, yet students claim there were multiple chances to create reform on campuses during racially influenced incidents and that you failed to do so.
Address the issues that you yourself insisted must be addressed and ensure that your resignation prevents future authorities from failing to complete the responsibilities of their positions and access to power.
[Your Name Here]
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