Chancellor Mark Wrighton has agreed to meet with student protest organizers about issues surrounding recent events in Ferguson next semester. This meeting with administrators was one of student protesters’ demands of the chancellor and Washington University. Despite this demand being met, on-campus protests have continued, including one this weekend at the December degree-candidate recognition ceremony.
Chancellor Mark Wrighton released a statement on the Wash U Voices website Friday with the message, “we agree.” The Washington University contingent of STL Students in Solidarity is hesitant to accept that claim. We thank Chancellor Wrighton for accepting our demand for a meeting in January to discuss more detailed and tangible demands with the Washington University administration. However, we find the Chancellor’s response to the protest on campus last night to be inadequate.
Since Aug. 9, I have read hundreds of articles running the gamut from critiquing black culture to condemning police brutality and conservative racism. White liberals have somehow slipped through the cracks of criticism and escaped unscathed. I’m a part of this demographic, and it’s time we talk about how we have treated Ferguson—and better yet, what Ferguson wants from us.
After reviewing the unusual nature of the Mike Brown shooting case, two Washington University law professors concluded that the chances of Darren Wilson being brought up on federal charges for his role in the shooting were “slim to none.”
Their opinion was delivered Wednesday night to an audience of nearly 60 attendees, who were packed into a law school classroom for a “teach-in” discussing the grand jury’s potential decisions in the case.
Dressed in black shirts, students fell to the floor, simulating the dead bodies of people of color shot by police officers as tour groups and students eating lunch in Tisch Commons looked on.
A police officer shot and killed Vonderrit Myers, a black male, Wednesday night on Shaw Avenue—this is the only undisputed truth we have as of today. Meanwhile, people have pressed protesters to justify the inclusion of Myers within the Ferguson October demonstrations that took place over the weekend.
Washington University students hoping to bring an end to police brutality and social injustice marched through downtown St. Louis with thousands of protesters from across the country Saturday morning.
Low attendance at Thursday night’s Catharsis open-mic event did not keep Graham Chapel from filling with finger-snaps and applause. Nearly 20 people spoke, sang or slammed their feelings on race, prejudice, police brutality and structural violence.
Washington University’s official response to the events in Ferguson, Mo., has included lectures, forums and a food drive, but many argue that the University is not doing enough to address the problems at hand.
Since the killing of Mike Brown over a month ago, Twitter has driven worldwide attention to protests and ongoing abuse by law enforcement. The feeds of activists, including Antonio French and the Lost Voices, have kept focus and dialogue on Ferguson alive.