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Ongoing Racial Tension at University of Missouri

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edited November 2015 in The Social Lounge

COLUMBIA — The racial climate at MU has been tumultuous for months, but with recent events — including a hunger strike undertaken this week by a graduate student and campus activist — conversation and action has hastened. Here’s a chronological look at the key incidents since September that have led to a recent escalation of tension on campus:

Sept. 12: Missouri Students Association president Payton Head posts about a racial slur directed at him.

Oct. 5: Legion of Black Collegians members are the targets of racial slurs by a man on campus.

Oct. 8: Loftin announces mandatory online diversity training for faculty, staff and students, which is met with widespread skepticism.

Oct. 10: Members of Concerned Student 1950 protest during the MU Homecoming Parade, blocking a car carrying UM System President Tim Wolfe.

Oct. 21: Concerned Student 1950 issues a statement of demands, including a formal apology from Wolfe and his removal from office.

Oct. 27: Concerned Student 1950 meets with Wolfe but do not resolve any issues.

Morning of Nov. 2: Jonathan Butler announces he will go on a hunger strike until Wolfe is removed from office.

Evening of Nov. 2: Students camp on Carnahan Quadrangle in support of the hunger strike and Wolfe's removal from office.

Nov. 3: Concerned Student 1950 and supporters meet with Wolfe and Loftin near University Hall to discuss race relations and discrimination.

Evening of Nov. 3: Concerned Student 1950 decides to boycott MU services until Wolfe is removed from office.

Nov. 5: Concerned Student 1950 holds a demonstration on campus before the MU-Mississippi State football game.

Evening of Nov. 5: Students reschedule a football game protest for Monday, citing security reasons.

Nov. 6: Wolfe issues an apology for his action and inaction during the Homecoming protest.


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