From Brown University to Mizzou, dozens of college groups around the country are taking time from studying for final exams to organize and demand an end to racial discrimination on their campuses and nationally for people of color.
Action sparked at the University of Missouri last month when students called for the resignation of the president (who they say ignored their safety concerns amid receiving numerous threats and microaggressions on campus). Other colleges followed suit, such as Yale and Brown, expressing their outrage with similar oppression at their respective institutions.
#StudentBlackOut is the second day of action organized by students under the Black Liberation Collective. Students from more than 70 schools have submitted demands they want met from both predominately white institutions and historically Black colleges and universities such as Howard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.
On a national scale, the students all want the following concerns met, according to their website:
1) WE DEMAND at the minimum, Black students and Black faculty to be reflected by the national percentage of Black folk in the country
2) WE DEMAND free tuition for Black and indigenous students
3) WE DEMAND a divestment from prisons and an investment in communities
The students see this day of action as a way to keep the movement driving forward.
"In the last three weeks we have seen a big retaliation to the movement," David Turner, a doctoral student studying at University of California, Berkeley, told NBCBLK. "We have seen the shootings in Minneapolis, police action in Chicago against Black Youth Project 100, racial terrorism at Mizzou and tape on the portraits of black faculty at Harvard Law School. We have seen all of this and we need to respond."
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