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Student-Athletes Strike Back: Will the University of Missouri’s Football Team Strike Reinvigorate the Labor Movement in College Sports?

Football Close Up on FieldOn Saturday, November 7, 2015, several African American members of The University of Missouri’s varsity football team announced their intention to go on strike—refusing to attend practices, play in scheduled games or participate in football-related activities until the school’s President, Tim Wolfe, resigned or was removed from office. The strike was prompted by several controversial racial incidents that occurred on the college’s campus but were not adequately addressed by school administration. Announcing their intent to strike via social media, the student athletes tweeted:

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!!!!! Continue Reading