Yale University students engaged in a March for Resilience on Monday afternoon—thousands of students congregated on campus to protest the atmosphere of racial intolerance they encountered at Yale.
The students were heard chanting, "We out here. We've been here. We ain't leaving. We are loved," as they began in the Afro-American Cultural Center and continued across campus.
The march follows a series of incidents concerning race that have occurred in Yale. During Halloween, a student claimed she was turned away from a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party because it was only for white girls (the fraternity denies this occurrence).
Additionally, an email from a faculty member demonstrated a lack of understanding concerning students’ wishes to avoid donning racially insensitive costumes, such as blackface and Native American headdresses, during Halloween. The faculty member, Erika Christakis, stated that students should be able to wear any costumes they want—“ Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious, a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?”
Considering even a member of Yale’s faculty is ignorant of the importance of avoiding such racial insensitivity, it is no wonder students are clamoring for a more inclusive campus that acknowledges the diversity of its student body.
This march follows the recent resignation of University of Missouri President, Tim Wolfe, after students at the university protested his inability to handle acts of campus racism.
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