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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A BUTLER, A FOOTBALL TEAM, AND UNIVERSITY FACULTY CATCH A WOLFE OFF GUARD

I've been waiting years and years for some ball team somewhere to yank some dollars out from under a team owner. Years, I've been waiting. There are so many black players on some of these individual basketball and football teams that I knew that they had the ability to make huge rivers of money dry up or flow in reverse, uphill if they'd just unite.

 Today, I pretty much got my wish. It wasn't a professional team like I've always dreamed. Instead it was a college team that stood up.

Young men that are two minutes away from being boys, young men that want to get picked up by a professional team stood firm against racism . They stood up despite knowing that most of the owners of the professional teams that they want to play on are white. Afraid or not, they stood up and got behind a black man named Jonathan Butler who went on a hunger strike to protest racism that had been ignored and/or condoned, again and again.

Then the faculty got behind Butler and the football players too and suddenly it was over. They won. 



In case you missed it because it happened so fast.

The last act of white supremacy that Jonathan Butler decided he was going to grumble about without taking action was a swastika drawn in the residence hall using human feces.
This is what a bad@$$ looks like
Jonathan Butler



When the University of Missouri refused to take a stand against racism, yet again. Jonathan Butler said a prayer and began a hunger strike sometime on or after October 24, 2015

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/06/black-grad-student-on-hunger-strike-in-mo-after-swastika-drawn-with-human-feces/






On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the University Of Missouri Football Team joined the protest.


 "[A]s America gathered to watch the racist Donald Trump get free airtime on NBC, roughly 30 black Mizzou football players, some with their arms interlocked, sent out the following message: “The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere’ We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!” 


http://www.thenation.com/article/black-mizzou-football-players-are-going-on-strike-over-campus-racism/ 


Then University of Missouri Faculty got behind the protesters.They staged a walk out.




By Monday, Jonathan Butler's protest had gathered enough force to topple a University President. On November 9, 2015, President Timothy Wolfe was forced to resign.

Chancellor R. Bowen was forced to resign as well.









"Flanked by fellow campus activists,
Butler refused to talk about his health, 
which had become a source of 
growing concern on the university's flagship 
campus in Columbia and prompted 
a critical swell of support 
from the school's football team."



http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jonathan-butler-how-grad-students-hunger-strike-toppled-university-president-n460161

What happened at the University of Missouri is huge. Even if you do not see it hyped on mainstream news outlets the way it should be, you make sure YOU hype it up. You repeat this. You make this story huge.

We have the power. We just have to use it. Put other universities and corporations on notice. We can unite and take you down if you FAIL TO ACT when you should.