Black student athletes for the University of Missouri’s football team made headline this weekend with the decision to boycott team activities until the resignation of the school’s president, Tim Wolfe. On Monday (Nov. 9), Wolfe officially announced that he would be leaving his post, just before a meeting with the university’s Board of Curators, The New York Times reports.
“It is my belief we stopped listening to each other,” Wolfe said. “We have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening, and quit intimidating each other. I take full responsibility for this frustration,” he added, “and I take full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred.”
The football boycott was the culmination of heightened racial tensions at the university since September. According to a timeline of events by The Columbia Missourian, students have complained about the use of racial slurs, prompting a protest group named Members of Concerned Student 1950 to confront Wolfe. Wolfe has also had poor relations with the school’s Legion of Black Collegians, who have had meeting with him that ended unproductively. Members of the football team pointed to Wolfe’s “negligence towards marginalized students’ experiences” as the reason for their walkout.
“My motivation for making this decision comes from love. I love MU, Columbia where I grew up, and the state of Missouri.”
Watch a clip from Wolfe’s announcement below: