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Students respond to Miami’s statement on George Floyd
In a written statement to The Miami Student, black community leaders, who wished to remain anonymous in solidarity to the entire black community at Miami, voiced concerns about the university’s statement and why they felt compelled to create the social media campaign.
“We must say that this flyer is not only a direct reflection of how Black students are feeling currently,” the statement reads. “It is a testament to how Black students at Miami have felt for far too long. It wasn’t until the release of Miami’s initial statement that the negligence we felt was confirmed, and their blatant ignorance towards our experiences on campus was truly exposed.”
Carlin, Tim. Students respond to Miami’s statement on George Floyd,” June 6, 2020.
Opinion: Now Is the Time to Speak Up, Use Your Platform and Enact Change
“As a community, Black citizens have seen more than enough of our own treated unjustly, brutalized and murdered by law enforcement. For me, my first realization of the value that America places on its Black citizens was when Trayvon Martin was killed by police, how he received no justice and his murderer is still able to live freely. This is when my peers and I received “The Talk,” during which we were taught how to carry our Blackness, be respectful to authority and move in ways where we as children won’t make police officers feel threatened by our little bodies.”
Students call on University to divest from police forces and invest in Black communities
SESP junior and FMO coordinator Mari Gashaw said these incidents of police brutality built upon the “frustration” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected black and Latino residents in Evanston and across the country.
“Not only are we in a pandemic, but the state that is supposed to protect us is killing us,” they said. “That feeling of not knowing that you are human is the most painful feeling I think anybody can experience.”
The Daily Northwestern University. Posted: June 10, 2020
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Archelle Thelemaque (COM’21) says she’s doing her part in the cause by writing, donating, and sharing as much information as possible. “The mood is intense and devastating, but people are fired up and ready to go,” she says. “This is the first time I’ve seen people call for more than words and demand action. It is refreshing, but it also reflects the gravity of what is happening in the world. It’s not only black people who are demanding justice—it’s everyone. George Floyd was the last drop in the ocean before it flooded, and now people are ready for action at all levels.”
College’s response to death of George Floyd leaves students dissatisfied
“Is that all? Is that all you have to say? ‘Too many in our country?’ You are one of them,” said Seva Galant, a rising junior health and exercise science major, in response to Foster in an Instagram post from the College’s official account. “How can I trust you when you say you support the oppressed when you are complicit with the oppression?”
Other students, like rising junior biology major Harish Rajagopal, feel that although the College isn’t doing enough, the right administrators are present to make change for the better.