In a protest aimed at paying tribute to Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, around 200 Washington University students and community members called for police abolition
Here I was, living in a new city, taking up space as a guest, and I had failed to both inform myself of issues surrounding racial justice in St. Louis as well as some of the failures and problematic actions of Wash. U. as an institution.
Imagine the powerful message that the University could send by removing the Olin name from campus buildings. It would signal that the University values social justice over large financial gifts.
Washington University’s policy ignores black and brown students fighting against unjust systems who failed in the past and even the present to receive institutional protection.
Protests broke out on the Delmar Loop Saturday following the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, while on duty in December 2011.
Students and community members took advantage of America’s attention to demonstrate for a variety of issues as the nation’s eyes and news cameras turned to Washington University and the St. Louis area.
Students making their morning walk to class Wednesday morning were confronted by a different type of sign at the Underpass: one held by students above the bridge protesting the use of tuition funds.
As November 2016 nears, the political climate on campus is going to escalate: there may not be protests or loud political opinions now, but there will be soon.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: If you don’t understand what’s going on at Mizzou—or why so many of your classmates are posting Facebook statuses about standing in solidarity with Mizzou students—you’re not alone. Don’t know where to begin? Here are some of the basics.
It seems time we set some things straight. Being “PC” is not the same thing as infringing people’s right to free speech. Furthermore, it’s not nitpicky political correctness to criticize overtly racist acts like dressing in blackface, yelling the n-word at a group of black students or drawing a swastika in feces on a dorm.
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