After University of Missouri (Mizzou) students and faculty successfully lobbied to push President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin out, the victory has been marred by anonymous threats against students of color.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” one anonymous YikYak user wrote Tuesday. Another warned people not to come to class. Campus police arrested someone who they say was posting threats with multiple accounts to YikYak Wednesday.
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Students reported via Twitter that a group of men with bandannas over their faces was walking around yelling racial slurs, while others were driving a pickup truck around and harassing black students. There were also reports that the Ku Klux Klan was gathering near the campus, though the university said they could find no evidence the white supremacist group was on campus.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 11, 2015
The protests against Wolfe, which peaked with a black student’s hunger strike and a boycott by the football team, were triggered by a wave of racist and hateful acts on campus that went largely unaddressed by the school’s leadership.
But the ousting of Mizzou leaders is not enough on its own to vanquish the university’s entrenched racist culture. Student activists plan to keep the momentum going to take on the more systemic issues. “This is just a beginning in dismantling systems of oppression in higher education, specifically the UM system,” student activist Marshall Allen told CNN.