Racial inequality causes college campus protests

By Marco Montoya |Staff Writer|

Recent protests at college campuses across California and the country have sought to bring awareness to racial inequality.

In recent events, University of Missouri (Mizzou) has shown to be a campus with a headstrong support system in order to bring an end to recent racism on campus.

After many reported cases of demeaning slurs, threats and overall unwelcoming vibes towards ethnic students, protests began to bring awareness to the issue, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

Students were concerned that the president of Mizzou Tim Wolfe had more than one chance to put an end to the hatred and went around the problem instead. This sparked attempts to try to pressure Wolfe into resigning, according to CNN.

Wolfe ignored and was even reported to laugh at other protest rallies such as the one that blocked his car off during a homecoming parade. After a swastika was drawn out of feces on a resident hall’s wall, student leader Jonathan Butler launched a hunger strike, which ultimately did not phase Wolfe, according to CNN.

Also, according to CNN, black players on the Mizzou’s football team announced they wouldn’t practice or play in any games until Wolfe was removed from office. After they had support from their white teammates and coach Gary Pinkel, the Missouri Students Association asked Wolfe for his response, and he resigned a few hours later.

Students from around the nation are inspired by Mizzou students’ persistence on the fight against racism on college campuses.

Occidental College student Abhilasha Bhola, who referred to Mizzou’s fight as “a huge win that showed what students were capable of,” according to the San Bernardino Sun.

Bhola is the leader of the Oxy United for Black Liberation group at her school, which organized a sit-in at the campus’ administrative center to present a list of demands. These included that the administrators create a black studies program and add more resources and support for ethnic students which the institution is hoping to address, according to oxy.edu/news.

Another sit-in took place at Pepperdine University in solidarity with Mizzou’s students. Student Anthony Sanford took part in organizing the protest which hoped to address action against racial comments on an anonymous smart phone application called Yik Yak, according to the San Bernardion Sun.

Pepperdine University’s president hopes to react upon the issue and apologized to students, saying he should have done it more quickly, according to sbsun.

UC Berkeley and UC Riverside also made movements of solidarity with Mizzou.

UC Berkeley students held a meeting at Sather Hall to protest uninviting campus environment for minority students and police brutality; UCPD was called to monitor from a distance but no arrests were made despite three reported assaults. The protests were described as mostly peaceful and even though it might have caused some inconvenience, people still had alternate routes to take around the gathering, according to dailycal.org.

UC Riverside also held a protest where students marched asking for more open lines of communication between administrators and minority groups who feel they don’t receive enough attention. according to UCR Today.

They also hoped to acquire forgiveness on all student debt and higher education, according to URS Today and ABC7.

When asked if CSUSB has similar issues and if the student body would even address them, student Brittanie Gutierrez said, “I don’t think CSUSB has a huge issue, or at least not that I’ve heard of.”

“Our school is very good on addressing any hate or discrimination and tackling the problem. For example, we all got an email about the protests. I feel like the students here are inclusive to everyone and anyone. It’s a diverse campus and students do get involved in many issues,” continued Gutierrez.

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