Today from 11 am to 2:15 pm at East Carolina University, many students, staff, and I participated in a protest in response to the injustice displayed in the media as well as the injustice not displayed in the media. We chanted fiery chants such as “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere, we won’t stop until you care,” and “black, white, woman, or man, divided we fall, united we stand.” Posters had “Black Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter,” “I’m Protesting for Those Who Can’t,” and a list of many black and brown individuals who were killed and/or missing and didn’t make the news in North Carolina. A variety of us stood in staggered lines with signs and loud voices that made people join, take their phones out to record us to share on social media, and the local news do a story. Our throats hurt, and it was well worth it. I received a majority of positive responses on my Instagram and Facebook.
However, my roommate has an app called Yik Yak, a more anonymous version of Twitter. She had said that throughout today, from the beginning of the protest, to the time it ended, the majority of that app went into stages.
First, it was “What are they protesting about?” “Why are they protesting?” “Don’t they have class?”
Then, it transitioned to “Why won’t they move out of the way?” “Black people being the victim again.”
Afterwards, it became complete ignorance with debates about welfare (seriously?), minorities causing all of the crime, and the need for white protestors for white issues.
She responded to as many comments as she could to have constructive discussion, only to have them drowned out by hatred and lack of information.
East Carolina University, although it does have a mandate for diversity, it has such a long way to go. It is majority white school, and on Yik Yak, many of the undermined comments disappear after a few times by majority comments.
I go to school with these people, and yet many believe that racism or other forms of discrimination no longer exist. It is not until moments such as these protests that people uncomfortably realize that it will continue to exist if we are not properly educated on all that is around us. Moreover, there are those who said that this protest won’t solve anything. Well, it is a start, and that is all that matters. Many areas displayed protests before we did, and hopefully others will after we did, which will lead to more awareness, which will lead to contacting those in charge, which will lead to gaining positions in charge for good, which WILL produce effective change.
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