Heads have been rolling on college campuses and universities around the country this week. Students who feel marginalized are calling for the removal of administrators who have shown a lack of support for students of color.

At the center of this unrest is the University of Missouri. The college made national headlines this week following the resignation of their president and chancellor due to student pressure.

Following a series of racist acts on campus and the university failing to act, graduate student Jonathan Butler, went on a hunger strike last week vowing not to eat until the university’s now former president Tim Wolfe resigned.

On Saturday, the football team joined Butler in his protest and announced they wouldn’t play another game until Wolfe resigned. Wolfe announced his resignation on Monday.

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The outrage among students has spread far and wide.

The Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College in California, Mary Spellman resigned Thursday, after some students at the school called for hunger strikes after for having no support.

Solidarity has been shown among students at Ithaca College in New York state, Yale University and Vanderbilt University. St. John’s, Syracuse, Columbia, Harvard, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and 20 others planned marches in support.

Students at Loyola University-Chicago and the University of Michigan are preparing a list of demands while the Black alumni at Georgia Tech, are drafting a letter to the university president, asking for a commitment to diversity.

The University of Missouri clearly threw the top off an issue which has been boiling for a while.

A nutrition professor at the school, Dale Brigham, felt it was in his best interest to resign after receiving backlash from students after he still intended to have a test while students of color were receiving death threats and didn’t feel it was safe to come to campus.

The email said, “If you don’t feel safe coming to class, then don’t come to class. I will be there, and there will be an exam administered in our class.”

Brigham’s email continued, “If you give in to bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose. I know which side I am on. You make your own choice.”

This kind of insensitivity from administration is what the students must feel on a daily basis.

Students were outraged Brigham refused to postpone the test in the wave of protests. On Tuesday evening, Brigham told a student the test would be as administered as scheduled on Wednesday, but he would offer a make-up day.

The following day, Brigham cancelled the test and offered up his resignation, which has not been accepted by the university.

In email to FoxNews.com, Brigham said, “I could have and should have used much better words in trying to say that we must stand up to hatred and not let those kind of people who make threats run our lives. Obviously, I wrote poorly.”

The University of Missouri has since hired an interim systems president, MikeMiddleton, a Black man who attended the school and was a faculty member and administrator. He says he felt marginalized “every day” in those roles.

“It’s so subtle,” said Middleton to FoxNews.com.

“I think women understand it. I think people with a sexual orientation that is not a male-centered perspective on sexuality understand it. I think other people of color understand it. I think folks in power, in the majority, who have never lived it and have never experienced it have difficult understanding it the way those of us who have been minoritized do.”

Middleton continued, “But it is just the feeling of not being heard, not being respected,” he said. “Being placed at the margins of what’s really happening in the world. And it happens inadvertently. Nobody is really to blame for this.”

Middleton will try to hold together the university system which as of Thursday, has not accepted Brigham’s resignation.

 

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.