Target: Donald L. Cupps, Chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators
Goal: Hire a new president for the University of Missouri that will tackle race issues that are affecting students.
University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has resigned after protests from students, including the football team and a student who went on a hunger strike, who said Wolfe did nothing to handle racial tensions and incidents on campus.
The student protesters called themselves “Concerned Students 1950,” which the Columbia Tribune reports is a reference to the first year black students were admitted to the University of Missouri campus.
The protesters were upset with Wolfe’s alleged failing to address alleged racial incidents on campus, such as the college’s black student body president, Payton Head, being called a racial slur, or a swastika being drawn in a residence hall with feces. Protesters also reported incidents of being threatened with pepper spray.
Protesters say when they blocked Wolfe’s vehicle during the homecoming parade as part of their demonstration, Wolfe laughed in their faces.
Now that Wolfe has stepped down, it’s vital that university officials hire a new president that will address the concerns of students and make fighting racism on campus a priority. Urge officials to hire a new president who will tackle racism at the University of Missouri.
Dear Chairman Cupps,
University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has resigned after protests from students who claim Wolfe did nothing to address alleged instances of racism on campus and who even supposedly laughed in protesters’ faces when they attempted to confront him about their concerns.
Student concerns about racism on campus should be addressed before students even feel the need to protest. The fact that one student went on a nearly week-long hunger strike before his concerns were anywhere near handled is embarrassing and ridiculous.
The current state of race relations in this country is horrific, and the University of Missouri needs a president who will address the racial issues brought forth by students. I urge you to hire a new president that will address the concerns of students and make fighting racism on campus a priority.
[Your Name Here]
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