University System President Tim Wolfe responds to hunger strike

3 years 4 months 1 week ago Friday, November 06 2015 Nov 6, 2015 Friday, November 06, 2015 4:41:00 PM CST November 06, 2015 in News
By: Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Systems President Tim Wolfe issued a statement Friday about a student his is on a hunger strike, calling for Wolfe's resignation in the wake of recent racial tensions.

Wolfe said he met recently with Jonathan Butler, who is the only student participating in the hunger strike. He said he is concerned for Butler's health and recognizes the need for "social justice" as well.

Butler says Wolfe is not understanding, or doing anything about, the problem of racism on campus.

"Racism does exist at our university and it is unacceptable," said Wolfe in a statement. "I am sorry this is the case. I truly want all members of our university community to feel included, valued and safe."

Wolfe also addressed his reaction at the MU homecoming parade when the group Concerned Student 1950 approached his car. He did not get out of the car or speak to them.

"My behavior seemed like I did not care. That was not my intention. I was caught off guard in that moment."

Wolfe said he wants to move forward with addressing racism at the university.

 

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