UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PROTESTERS THREATEN MEDIA -- Black students issue 'list of demands,' chant for 'safe space'
(by Cheryl Chumley, WND) -- Timothy Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system, resigned on Monday over perceived racial bias, but it did not appease students. Instead, they threatened the media and demanded a “safe space.”
“[I hope everyone will] use my resignation to heal and start talking again,” Wolf said, the New York Times reported. His decision capped off more than a week of tense relations among his office and campus students and staffers.
Reporters and journalists descended on thousands of protesters filling the school’s quad, but students were hostile to the added scrutiny.
“No comment! No media. Safe space!” they chanted, the Daily Beast reported Monday.
Students locked arms and shoved reporters in an attempt to prevent them reaching protesters. One student threatened to call the cops on the press for doing its job.
“We’re calling the police because you aren’t respecting us,” a student yelled.
“This guy shouldn’t be here. And don’t let him back in,” said a protester while removing a reporter from the “safe space,” the Daily Beast reported.
It took two hours before the students decided to disband their chain and begin celebrating.
The day started with faculty members calling on professors and staffers to stage a walkout to protest what students were alleging was a president who failed to properly address several perceived racial incidents at the school.
But the racial tensions go back farther. Students first protested what they said were unfair campus conditions for minorities in September after the student government president, who’s black, said passengers in a truck drove by him on campus and shouted racial epithets. Shortly after, black student-union members said they were treated similarly by a drunken white student. And shortly after that, dormitory residents found a pile of human feces with a swastika swirled in it.
Students gathered at a protest on campus on Sunday, but tempers flared there when a couple of trucks drove past flying the Confederate flag.
One black student at that rally, Abigail Hollis, said the school appeared “unhealthy and unsafe for us,” Fox News reported.