Rallies, marches, walkouts and occupation of presidents' offices started at universities across the U.S. on Wednesday in the first coordinated mass protest against racism on campuses since demonstrations at Missouri University ousted its dean over racial neglect last week.
Using the hashtag #StudentBlackOut, students from more than 23 universities, including Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Delaware, and Stanford responded to the call for protest issued by the organizing umbrella group Black Liberation Collective on Sunday.
"We hope that Black students organize and participate in actions that really challenge white supremacy and anti-Blackness on their campuses," student organizer Yamiesha Bell at the University of Connecticut told NBC.
"Every school is (unique) and has different needs and wants; however, we know oppression takes place at every institution in this country and white supremacy is embedded all through higher education," Bell added.
While every university has published a list of its own specific demands, the umbrella group also put forward a collective national list of desired changes that transcend racial problems at the university.
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Among the demands, the students seek an end racial to profiling, a comprehensive review of police abuses, a congressional hearing on discriminatory police practices, and a national plan of action for racial justice in housing, education, immigration and the criminal justice system.
“Students are protesting because we’re tired of the conditions that surround us,” said Muenfua Lewis of Kansas State University, according to Atlanta Black Star. “We’re fighting for each other, and we’re fighting for the Black students of the future. The uplift and liberation of our people is on our agenda, starting through the work on our campus.”
Some of the most noticeable protests were at Princeton University where students occupied the president's office and refused to leave until their demands were met, which includes the recognition of the racist legacy behind one of its faculties, diversity trainings for professors, and a Black-only cultural space.