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Hail Columbia

Hail Columbia

Ask your grandparents or anybody who was on campus in the 1960s, kids, and they'll tell you university presidents and chancellors are not easily taken down by student protests. Yet that's exactly what happened this week at the University of Missouri. Unrest had been fomenting at the Columbia campus since the summer, much of it spurred by acts of racism, but it appears the coup de grace came from an unlikely source — members of the school's football team who vowed not to play again until President Timothy Wolfe stepped down.

At the very least, Mr. Wolfe showed an insufficient concern for the allegations of institutional oppression raised by the student protesters as well as...