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MSA vice presidential candidate: UM president should resign

Junior Jonathan Segers speaks out against UM System President Tim Wolfe’s actions through a Facebook post.

Missouri Students Association vice presidential candidate Jonathan Segers called for UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon.

“As a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, we do not allow anyone that DOES NOT stand for RESPECT, RESPONSIBILIY (sic), DISCOVERY, and EXCELLENCE on OUR CAMPUS,” Segers wrote in his post. “You sir, showed neither of those values to my friends, colleagues, and fellow Tigers that day. So let (me) be the first to ask for your letter of resignation, because we do not tolerate such actions at OUR University.”

“I was shocked and appalled,” Segers said in an interview Sunday night. “It’s still happening now. No one is actively doing anything. I don’t want his name on my diploma.”

During last Saturday’s homecoming parade, black students protested their treatment at the university by blocking the passage of the car carrying Wolfe. Graduate student Jonathan Butler was hit in the process. After the car drove off, officers of the Columbia Police Department pushed protesters back and threatened the use of pepper spray, according to a letter signed by a concerned student that circulated on social media last week.

Following the events of the parade, Segers said he was horrified to see Wolfe had no response to the situation, other than his retweet of one of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin’s Twitter posts regarding the LBC Homecoming court incident at Traditions Plaza.

“I was shocked and appalled,” Segers said in an interview Sunday night. “It’s still happening now. No one is actively doing anything. I don’t want his name on my diploma.”

Wolfe has not yet sent out a mass email to the UM community about the incident.

Segers’ post came eight days after the parade demonstration. Segers said a friend made him aware of the video of the protest.

Although Segers spoke out on this event as a member of the black community, rather than as an MSA vice presidential candidate, he said his actions still speak to the elements of his and Jordan McFarland’s platform.

Both candidates said this post will in no way shift their campaign’s message.

“I think Jonathan is reflecting what a lot of African-American students at the university are currently feeling,” McFarland said. “I empathize with him.”

The events of the parade have only elevated the excitement Segers said he has for Inside Out and Mizzou ’49, two components of their platform, Back to Basics. He said these two ideas in their platform shine a light on the issue of racism on a college campus.

As a black student at MU, Segers said he was hurt by the actions of Wolfe and the Columbia Police Department. Even the students on campus have overstepped their boundaries. The discriminating comments Segers said he heard from two white fans almost lead him to leave the homecoming game when one of them said, “I can play football better than his black ass” in reference to one of the players.

Segers is an advocate for social justice and feels strongly against the racial discrimination that has been displayed at MU over the years.

“I was a black man in this world long before I was running for MSA,” Segers said.

McFarland and Segers said they have high hopes that this will motivate students to do more.

“I just hope that we do not come out more divided, but a more united campus and community,” Segers said.


Here is the post in its entirety: Tim Wolfe, YOU ARE WRONG. It has been 8 days since you embarrassed, dehumanized, and disrespected the TUITION PAYING undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral candidates of an institution YOU are the president of. If you do not remember, you KNOWINGLY allowed the driver of your homecoming vehicle to strike Jonathan L. Butler during OUR homecoming parade. Your actions 8 days ago not only dehumanized the students involved in the demonstration, but you allowed MUPD to continue the shameful atrocities by SHOVING them, THREATENING them with pepper spray, & using VERBAL INTEMIDATION. I did not know that “the spirit of homecoming,” meant that even the president of the UM Schools could lose their moral capacity, but I guess you are an exception to the “Mizzou Standard.” Your actions along with spectators; (those that began to chant M-I-Z, Z-O-U) reinforced the actions of the animal that harassed the LBC Court, the animal that verbally assaulted our current MSA president Payton Head, or any person that has a racist inkling within them. Black students were allowed on this campus only 65 years ago, but your actions took us back further in history when blacks were only worthy of “building this campus on their b(l)ack,” but we can just call that 1839. As a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, we do not allow anyone that DOES NOT stand for RESPECT, RESPONSIBILIY(sic), DISCOVERY, and EXCELLENCE on OUR CAMPUS. You sir, showed neither of those values to my friends, colleagues, and fellow Tigers that day. So let (me) be the first to ask for your letter of resignation, because we do not tolerate such actions at OUR University. Signed, ANYONE THAT BELIEVES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE ‪#‎ConcernedStudent1950‬ ‪#‎TakeDownTheWolfe‬ Here's the video!

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