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Consumed in controversy: follow the racial events that sparked the past weeks’ movement

Feb. 26, 2010

Cotton balls scattered around Oldham Black Culture Center

Two UMC students are sentenced to two years' probation and 80 hours of community service for leaving cotton balls outside Oldham Black Culture Center as a "joke." University officials reacted with stern condemnation of the acts and the judged said that she would not be so lenient if a similar incident were to occur in the near future.

Junior Bryan Like was a witness at the trial. He said he often visits the BCC and was sad to see it desecrated.

The Maneater quoted Like saying, "The action that was taken in placing the item, which has a very strong connection with my culture, with my ethnicity, in a place that I am located in often, was a slap in the face."

 

Aug. 9, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson kills Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Mo.

White police officer Darren Wilson kills unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, causing extreme debate and protest in the area. Social unrest lead to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and thrust police brutality and institutionalized racism into the national arena.

UMC students participated in many protests in both Ferguson and Jefferson City in the following months to demonstrate their anger that Wilson was not indited, even though, they argue, Brown was not dangerous and did not physically harm or threaten to harm Wilson in anyway prior to his death.

Sept. 12, 2015

MSA president Payton Head is called the n-word on campus

Missouri Students Association president Payton Head posts on Facebook about an incident of racism he experienced on campus as he was walking down Hitt St. A man sitting in the back of a truck repeatedly shouted the n-word at Head. In his Facebook post he said that this event was the first time he had been the victim of outright and hateful racism. He called for a more inclusive and accepting campus, not just for racial minorities, but also for the LGBT community and members of different religions.

Sept. 17, 2015

UM Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin publicly denounces collegiate racism

UM Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin released a statement in which he recognized that many acts of racism and bigotry had occurred on campus recently and said that these acts were "totally unacceptable." Even as he called for an end to this string of bias, many members of Concerned Student 1950 still argued that he was not doing enough to help eradicate these instances of racism.

Oct. 4, 2015

Legion of Black Collegians suffer racial slur during rehearsal

A student African American group was practicing for an upcoming homecoming performance at Traditions Plaza on campus when a young man talking on his cellphone interrupted their rehearsal. A student politely asked him to leave so they could continue on with their rehearsal. He refused many times and eventually left after calling the group racial slurs. UM Chancellor Loftin responded to this event by saying that "racism is clearly alive at Mizzou."

Oct. 10, 2015

Protesters block Wolfe's car in parade to demand his attention

Several members of Concerned Student 1950, including graduate student Jonathan Butler, surrounded Wolfe's car during the homecoming parade. Floats were backed up for 45 minutes as these students tried to get Wolfe to address them and agree to speak with them about the racial issues going on at UMC. Missouri Students Association president Payton Head said that Wolfe dismissed them and even smiled and laughed at their attempt at a protest. Wolfe's car was revved several times, and a member of the group was bumped twice and was issued no apology.

Oct. 24, 2015

Swastika smeared on the wall of resident hall bathroom with human feces

The seemingly final straw in a long line of offenses, the so-called "poop swastika" shook campus and fueled Concerned Student 1950's resolve. No culprit has been named, in this hateful vandalism found in UM's Gateway residence hall. UMC police recently released a report on the incident, but named no suspects.

Nov. 3, 2015

Jonathan Butler launches #MizzouHungerStrike

Graduate student Jonathan Butler issues a statement describing the terms of his indefinite hunger strike that would not end until UM system president Tim Wolfe resigned or was fired. This bold move brought national news organizations to UMC's Francis Quadrangle to cover both Butler's strike and Concerned Student 1950's accompanying camp-out protest.

Nov. 8, 2015

Football players join the movement by boycotting their sport

Black members of the UMC football team announce that they will not participate in any football related activities until Wolfe is removed from office. Shortly after, the rest of the football team, including head coach Gary Pinkel, say that support these players and will be joining them in their boycott.

Nov. 9, 2015

Wolfe calls it quits after curator meeting

Wolfe gives melancholy speech announcing his resignation following a University Board of Curators Meeting. While members of the protest called this a great success, they agreed this was not the end of the road for them. As Butler was breaking his fast, students pointed to other demands still left unfulfilled in their original list of demands. Nonetheless the "tent city" was full of celebration and people, many of them members of the media.

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