Strong reactions as university president resigns: ‘Run out of town by rampaging, lunatic mob … hollering racism’

University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe may be the first Caucasian in America to lose his job due to white privilege … he’ll likely not be the last.

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Wolfe resigned early Monday, effective immediately, in the wake of ongoing criticism of his handling of student complaints about race and discrimination, according to The Associated Press. Criticism that led to black players on the school’s football team refusing to participate in any team activities and other campus demonstrations.

The AP reported:

President Tim Wolfe said Monday that his resignation is effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system’s governing body, the Board of Curators.

The complaints came to a head over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed or stepped down.

For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state’s four-college system. Frustrations flared during a homecoming parade Oct. 10 when black protesters blocked Wolfe’s car, and he did not get out and talk to them. They were removed by police.

 

“I take full responsibility for the actions that have occurred,” Wolfe said. “I have asked everybody to use my resignation to heal. Let’s focus in changing what we can change today and in the future, not what we can’t change in the past.”

Among the incidents that led to Wolfe stepping down include a claim by the black student government president that people in a passing pickup truck shouted racial slurs at him in September and a claim in October by members of a black student organization that a drunken white student fired racial slurs at them.

Fox News’ Todd Starnes took to social media as news of the resignation broke to say Wolfe was the victim of a race mob.

“The president of the University of Missouri has resigned — run out of town by a rampaging, lunatic mob armed with torches and pitchforks hollering ‘racism, racism,'” Starnes wrote on Facebook.

And Starnes offered a far different solution to the crisis.

“In my humble opinion, the university should’ve kept the president, fired the football coach, revoked the scholarships of the striking players and replaced them with kids who actually want to play football,” he added.

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