University of Missouri protesters have spent this week demanding respect and the right to be heard by the campus community. But it doesn’t look like they’re giving much respect in return.
An outrageous video has surfaced of a mob of protesters intimidating and shoving reporters trying to cover a demonstration. And a Missouri professor was apparently right in the thick of it, egging the protesters on.
In the video, the students gang up against one reporter – identified as ESPN freelance reporter Tim Tai – and physically force him away.
The group shoves into Tai and blocks his view, and then one-by-one protesters begin confronting him. Tai pleaded with the protesters to allow him to do his job.
According to the official Twitter account of the protester group:
It’s typically white media who don’t understand the importance of respecting black spaces.
— ConcernedStudent1950 (@CS_1950) November 9, 2015.
Tai is a student of Asian descent.
When one reporter slips through, a college professor identified by the New York Times as Professor Melissa Click attacks his camera and demands he “get out” before instructing students to help her remove the reporter.
“Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here!?” Click yells to the crowd, “I need some muscle over here.”
Protests over racial unrest at the University of Missouri have reached a boiling point this week, and demonstrators issued a list of demands, including that President Tim Wolfe “acknowledge his white male privilege.” Wolfe and the university’s chancellor resigned shortly after the school’s football team threatened to boycott games.
You can watch the outrageous video below.