Obama expresses support for ‘thoughtful, peaceful’ protests at MU

President Barack Obama voiced his approval of student activists at the University of Missouri, expressing his hope that their recent protests bring change.

Obama told George Stephanopolous of ABC News that students wanting to change society have to be courageous and protest in a thoughtful, peaceful way.

“I’ve read enough to know that there is clearly a problem at the University of Missouri,” Obama said. “I think it is entirely appropriate for students in a thoughtful, peaceful way to protest what you saw with the University of Missouri football team and the coach standing up for something they think is right.”

Protests started by the black student group Concerned Student 1950 in response to university administrators’ handling of racial issues on campus led to the Nov. 9 resignations of Tim Wolfe, the University of Missouri System president, and R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor of the Columbia campus.

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