— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) February 23, 2017
The University of Missouri has a long history of protests.
In 2015, a group of students under the banner of “Concerned Student 1950” camped out on the Carnahan Quadrangle to protest racism at the school’s flagship Columbia campus, confronting what they saw as an inappropriate silence from university officials.
Jonathan Butler, a graduate student and leader of the movement, staged a week-long hunger strike. This triggered support from the football team, which began a boycott of all sports-related activity to undergird Butler’s effort.
The national news media caught the story. Soon, the entire country had its eyes on MU.