Protests over racial discrimination spread in US campuses

Student demonstrations in US against casual, everyday racism sparked by protests at Missouri campus

Photo by: Reuters
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Black students protest at Missouri University

Updated Nov 14, 2015

Demonstrations by black students against regular racial discrimination have spread from Missouri University to campuses across the US.   

Students at more than 20 campuses have planned solidarity protests against the treatment of black students at Missouri University this week.

"It's more the daily microaggressions than the large situations," said Akosua Opokua-Achampong, a sophomore at Boston College.

On Wednesday rallies were held at Ithaca College in New York and Smith College in Massachusetts.

The president of the University of Missouri was ousted on Monday after being criticised by students for being unable to stop racism at the university.

A former black administrator, Michael Middleton, was appointed to be the interim president of education at Missouri University.

At Ithaca college, protesters chanted  "Tom Rochon - no confidence," referring to the college's president.

"With University of Missouri's president stepping down, we demand Rochon to do the same as it is vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment," the protesters said in a statement.

Janay Williams, a senior at the University of California Los Angeles, told Agence France Presse that she has been facing discrimination at the university, since she is the only black person in her biology class. She is always the last to be chosen for group assignments.

"Students don't want to be in the same group as you with a group project, because they're afraid you're not going to do your share," she said.

Holloway, a student at Virginia Commonwealth, said she decided to speak up after she tried for a long time to turn a blind eye to racist actions against her which have made her feel frustrated.  

"It's hard when it's something you see every day," she said. "It's exhausting. It's fatiguing and, you know, we're frustrated."

TRTWorld and agencies