AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS AND THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

Earlier this month in Mizzou, Jonathan Butler began a hunger strike due to the racial incidents that took place and nothing was done about it. Jonathan Butler hunger strike was a force to have President Wolfe resign because of his poor leadership in not handling the racial incidents, and it worked. The Mizzou protests demonstrated racism in the University System and how nothing is done unless African-American students have to use extreme measures, which was not playing in a game that would have cost the University $1 million dollars.

Which brings up the question why do universities ignore African-American students when it comes to complaints about racial incidents on campus?

The threat of losing that amount of money for a University was a great strategy and Wolfe resigned because of his poor leadership in the racial incidents. Black students at Universities, especially those part of the athletic department have power that we witnessed at Mizzou, and they should exercise that power. Too often, the university systems across this country fail to do anything when black students are harassed and victimized, which brings up the question why do universities ignore black students when it comes to complaints about racial incidents on campus? It is in the best interest of the university systems across this country to have a plan of action to prevent and prohibit such racial incidents on their campuses, because as it will cost them financially and politically.

Sources: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/11/09/455334459/roundup-thoughts-on-the-mizzou-protests-and-president-tim-wolfes-resignation

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