Justice

These Striking Images From College Campuses Are Stunning

November 12th 2015

By:
Alex Mierjeski

In the wake of high-profile threats against Black students at multiple universities this week, students turned out in force on campuses across the country on Thursday to raise awareness of racist taunts and of deeper-seeded issues of racism on college campuses.

The demonstrations coincided with the Million Student March, a national day of action across hundreds of college campuses calling for free public college, elimination of student debt, and higher pay for campus workers. They also come after walkouts Wednesday coordinated using the hashtag #BlackOnCampus.

On Twitter and other social media sites, users posted pictures and statements of support for students at the University of Missouri, which drew national attention after weeks of racially charged protests, death threats on social media, and administrative shake-ups shaped the climate of the campus and sparked a conversation about racial tension on college campuses.

Some students wore large printouts of the insults directed at Black students posted on the social media app Yik Yak. The original death threats made to University of Missouri students were also posted anonymously on Yik Yak, though police later traced the threats and made subsequent arrests. On Wednesday night, another threat aimed at Howard University, a historically black college, surfaced on the anonymous online user forum 4chan.

The Black Ivy Coalition, which comprises racial equality advocates from Ivy League schools, posted a statement in support of the protests on Facebook.

Stand in solidarity with students of color at Mizzou and other college campuses across the nation. Tomorrow, please wear all black, all day. #ConcernedStudent1950 #InSolidarityWithMizzou

Posted by Black Ivy Coalition on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"To the students of color at Mizzou, we stand with you in solidarity. To those who would threaten their sense of safety, we are watching. #ConcernedStudent1950 #InSolidarityWithMizzou."