The Power Of A Team

The Power Of A Team

The Power Of A Team.

By: Jezikah

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The University of Missouri football team

 A graduate student by the name of Jonathan Butler at the University of Missouri went on a hunger strike because he wanted the president of the university to quit. Butler felt that President Wolfe was not paying attention to the racial problems on campus.  The racial problems were triggered by the Michael Brown incident and has gotten worse since than.  “During this hunger strike, I will not consume any food or nutritional sustenance at the expense of my health until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost,” Butler wrote in a letter sent to the UM System Board of Curators. No one was really paying attention to this until the black players on the football team decided to not play until Wolfe resigned.  On Friday a lot of  people tweeted about the strike in Missouri , but by Sunday, they had about 16,000 tweets. Wolfe resigned as president on November 9th and said  “Use my resignation to heal and start talking again,” (University of Missouri System).

I felt like he should have resigned too because if students are constantly coming to you telling you about racial problems and you are not trying to do nothing about that then you shouldn’t be the president.  Some people thought the Football team was wrong for going on strike, but I think they did the right thing because they were standing up for what they thought was right. The football team was the most popular and most visible  student group on campus and they knew that if they were to stand up for what they thought was right, there was a strong chance that everybody else would stand up and strike with them until they got what they wanted and that was for Wolfe to resign or to be fired either way was good. Hopefully the next president will take minority concerns more serious than the last one.  

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