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LBC Homecoming Royalty harassed at Traditions Plaza

The MU Police Department has identified the man involved.

Students protest through campus Sept. 25 to highlight that "Racism Lives Here." The protest was prompted by an incident involving Missouri Students Association President Payton Head. Ten days later, racial slurs were hurled at members of Legion of Black Collegians royalty court in the early morning of Oct. 5.

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MU students band together for a sit-in protest Oct. 6, 2015, at the lobby in Jesse Hall. Students came to the peaceful protest to show solidarity with the LBC community after recent events involving racism on campus.

Zach Baker/Senior Staff Photographer

Oct. 5, 2015

Updated Oct. 7, 2015 at 1:01 a.m.

Corrected 10/05/2015 at 3:24 p.m. In a previous version of this story, an embedded tweet from the chancellor mentions that MUPD has found a suspect. There is currently no suspect identified. The Maneater regrets the error.

The MU Police Department identified the person who allegedly disrupted the Legion of Black Collegians 2015 Homecoming Royalty Court rehearsal on Sunday night, according to a statement from the Office of the Chancellor.

A suspect, presumably under the influence, had walked towards Traditions Plaza. The suspect then walked onto the stage and did not leave when asked. Once the suspect removed himself from the stage, the suspect used racial slurs and hurtful language toward LBC Royalty.

The individual in question was “moved” from campus by the Office of Student Conduct, and the outcome of the conduct process is pending, it stated.

In the statement, the Office of the Chancellor thanked LBC Royalty Court members for supporting one another and immediately reporting racist behavior to MUPD. MU students’ willingness to speak with MUPD helped identify the suspect, it stated.

“Racism and all prejudice is heinous, insidious and damaging to Mizzou,” it read. “It hurts students’ education and experience including their mental health and academic achievement. That is why all of us must commit to changing the culture at this university.”


According to a letter posted by LBC on Twitter, at 1 a.m. a white man who was presumably drunk was walking on Conley Avenue toward Traditions Plaza. He then walked on to the stage and wouldn’t leave when asked. He then “stumbled off the stage,” and said “these niggers are getting aggressive with me.”

The incident prompted outcry from students, administration, other MU community members and students from other schools on Twitter.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who has been criticized for his reaction to previous incidents, tweeted: “Last night Traditions Plaza-built to celebrate our oneness-was a venue for racism and hate. LBC Homecoming Court was targeted.”

LBC President Warren Davis released a statement on LBC’s Twitter starting with “Dear Mizzou, Get it together,” in which he expressed his disappointment in campus culture.

This is one of multiple instances in the last month that a racist comment has been directed at a student on campus. In response to that incident, Missouri Students Association Payton Head posted a now-viral facebook status about discrimination on campus. It reignited the discussion about race relations on campus. Two protests highlighting racism on campus have been held in the last two weeks.

LBC has hosted their own separate homecoming celebration since 1988. That year, the Mizzou Alumni Association’s Homecoming theme was “Show Me Ol’ Mizzou,” which brought to mind a history of racism on MU’s campus, former LBC President Jacquie Judie said in an Oct. 18, 1988, issue of The Maneater.

MU did not allow black students on its campus until 1950 -- 39 years after MU’s first homecoming. LBC’s homecoming celebrations are still around today, not to divide campus, but as a tradition, former Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative President Lindsay Murray said in an Oct. 23, 2013, issue of The Maneater.

“A lot of people, including myself, want to be involved in Homecoming on the larger scale,” Murray said. “But you have to look at someone like me: I’m not Greek. If I wasn’t involved with any organizations of any kind, I probably wouldn’t know anything about Homecoming.”

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