How Activism Pushed Mizzou President to Resign

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The University of Missouri has seen weeks of protest over racism on campus that has included the use racial epithets and incidents including the drawing of a swastika on a dorm wall using human feces. University President Timothy Wolfe resisted demands that he resign until the football team joined a walk-out.

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Photo: Anthony Sherrils/Twitter

Today, he acknowledged, "The frustration and anger that I see is clear, real and I don't doubt it for a second. To the faculty and staff who expressed their anger and frustration it too is real. We need to use my resignation, please please use this resignation to heal."

Peniel Joseph, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, has written about black student activists challenging white supremacy and institutional racism on college campuses in The Root.

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Guest:

  • Peniel Joseph - historian and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, founder of the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy - @PenielJoseph

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Warren Olney