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UMD Stands in Solidarity

If you have been keeping up with Twitter this week, you have probably heard of the multiple racial incidents that have taken place at certain universities. Twitter has become a major outlet for news because of its convenience. This week, hashtags such as #Mizzou, #concernedstudent1950, and #blackoncampus have been trending.

The University of Missouri campus has been a place of protest for months. Racial tensions are at an all-time high and have led to a series of events at the school including racial slurs against their student body president, their football team’s strike, the resignation of their president, and the presence of swastikas made of human feces. But it is the most recent incident that had students on edge; death threats specifically targeted towards African Americans were posted on a popular app called Yik Yak. This app allows for users to stay anonymous throughout their posting.  Since then students have been afraid to attend classes, one student stated that “We’re waking up everyday going to a campus where we don’t feel

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Within the past week, Missouri hasn’t been the only school to receive racial threats, universities such as Yale, Howard, and Ithaca were also threatened.

University of Maryland students gathered around the new Fredrick Douglas memorial on Tuesday, wearing all black, to stand in solidarity with the students from the previously mentioned universities. There were group speakers, and brief pictures.

“We need to show the world that we stand behind Ithaca, Missouri, and Yale in this time of solidarity. Letting them know that we can’t ignore things like this and just let them slide like it’s nothing. We need to show them the difference between freedom of speech and freedom of consequence,” said Hannah Benzion, junior GIS major.

It is reported that over thirty universities have stood in solidarity with Mizzou.

When asked her opinion of why she thought this stand for solidarity was important, Tonie Johnstone replied, “I feel like it was a beginning to us as POC putting our foot down on this campus.”

“We’ve been pushed around for so long and accepted the short end of the stick for so long and this is only the start. I feel it’s important to attend so because we [people of color] as a group need to understand that we are not alone,” Johnstone said. “Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how we feel and what we think because we think we are either alone or we are too small of a community to make a difference but this is not true in the least bit. It’s also a way to open your eyes to what’s going on in our community because there are people who are ignorant to what it’s like to be a person of color.”

 

#BlackOnCampus Hashtag Takes Twitter By Storm

By Mya Green

Student demonstrations at the University of Missouri sent a shockwave on social media, sparking other college students all over the country to follow suit. Over the past couple of days, students have taken to social media to share pictures and tweets showing their support for the students in Missouri.

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On Wednesday, a hashtag created by black college students giving them an opportunity to share their stories of racial prejudice or bias and shed light on microagressions at their universities.

The hashtag started a conversation, which brought issues like discrimination, underrepresentation, and racism to the forefront.

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According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of African Americans on Twitter nearly doubled from 13 percent to 25 percent, while the percentage of Caucasian Americans only grew from 5 percent to 9 percent. Even though African Americans only make up around 13 percent of the population, they account for 22 percent of Twitter users.

People who opposed the hashtag created a counter hashtag called #ConservativeOnCampus where white students voiced their opinions based on personal experience.

Nonetheless, the #BlackonCampus hashtag  garnered over 60,000 tweets in one day. While tensions rise on campuses across the country, Twitter continues to be a place where black students feel comfortable expressing their frustrations and sharing personal anecdotes.