#DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany Calls for Protection of Black Women Attacked by Whites on Bus

#DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany Calls for Protection of Black Women Attacked by Whites on Bus

Black female students who attend University at Albany in New York are outraged after they say they were attacked by white men and women on a city bus this past weekend. Black students nationally expressed peak outrage about racism at their schools in 2015. Protests became common as more and more students took a stand. 2016 looks no different.

Published February 2nd

It's a new year on college campuses and African-American students continue to face racism in their learning environments.

A group of Black female students who attend University at Albany in New York are outraged after they say they were attacked by white men and women on a city bus this past weekend. Black students nationally expressed outrage about racism at their schools in 2015. Protests became common as more and more students took a stand. 2016 looks no different.

Hundreds gathered Monday night to protest the Albany incident and a social media campaign, #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany, was launched, according to News10.

The three Black women say they were riding a city bus when a verbal spat between them and a group of 10 to 12 white men and women began. The victims say racial slurs were thrown and they were later assaulted.

One of the victims spoke out during the demonstration on the campus last night. “We are proud of who we are,” Asha Burwell said, according to News10. “As black women, we are shocked, upset, but we will remain unbroken.”

University at Albany's president Robert J. Jones was disappointed in hearing about the attack. "I am deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident," said Jones in a statement Saturday. "There is no place in the UAlbany community for violence, no place for racial intolerance and no place for gender violence."

The Albany Police Department is working to identify the individuals responsible for the attack.


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Written by Natelege Whaley

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