Task Force Lauds Missouri Students’ Courage, Racial Justice Campaign
WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2015—Today, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe announced he would be resigning from his post. The decision comes after months of peaceful protests organized by the university’s students and faculty calling for an end to racism and discrimination against black students and people of color. Over the weekend, the school’s football team joined the boycott by refusing to play until Wolfe resigned.
“Holding leadership accountable for lack of inaction and cultural incompetency is exactly how change comes about. The ongoing targeting and killing of young black women and men, particularly transgender black women, across the country is appalling and indicative of the racism that exists in America. Now is the time to fully address and work to end all forms of racism and discrimination. Advocates for equality and racial justice must continue to raise our voices, urging our elected officials, lawmakers, influencers, business and faith leaders to use every tool in their power to bring about much needed positive change. We commend the students, athletes and faculty at the University of Missouri for fighting for racial justice and for showing the rest of the nation just how effective the power of organizing can be when people stand united for change,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.
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