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If you have a voice you have an obligation to use it.

In the Kansas City Star:

November 8, 2015
Yael T. Abouhalkah: Black football players’ strike thrusts MU into national spotlight on racial unrest

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The announced strike by black football players at the University of Missouri is far more than a sports story. It further thrusts the school into the national spotlight regarding racial unrest, especially on college campuses.

The players are seeking a huge change. They want the resignation or firing of the state’s top university official, president Tim Wolfe.

Others have called for that action — including a student engaged in a hunger strike — but the involvement of the school’s best-known sports team demonstrably increased attention to this issue….

Via Twitter, from University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel:


Coach Gary Pinkel ‏@GaryPinkel
The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP 11:39 AM – 8 Nov 2015

From Governor Jay Nixon:

Gov. Nixon statement regarding student protests at the University of Missouri
November 8, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding student protests at the University of Missouri.

“Racism and intolerance have no place at the University of Missouri or anywhere in our state,” Gov. Nixon said. “Our colleges and universities must be havens of trust and understanding. These concerns must be addressed to ensure the University of Missouri is a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.”

If you speak out someone else may listen.