A developing hashtag, #BlackOnCampus has begun making waves on Twitter.
Black students are now chronicling their personal experiences at schools they’ve attended on Twitter.
The social movement is not only a way of publicizing the systemic racism that gets swept under the rug, but it also is a symbol of solidarity amongst black students who are all enduring the same issues and are banding together to call for change.
I don't remember any black professors at my college. Even my African studies professor was an old white man #BlackOnCampus— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 11, 2015
Being called a "reverse racist" by many of my fellow White peers for bringing up White privilege in American society. #BlackOnCampus— Salvador Bali (@PoloT_TreyG) November 11, 2015
Being called divisive for confronting racist microaggressions head on instead of sitting down and shutting up #BlackOnCampus— b (@bdoulaoblongata) November 11, 2015
#BlackOnCampus constantly having to interject during class discussions to correct inaccurate historical information i.e. Slavery, Jim Crow— Black Girl Magic (@HollaBlackGirl) November 11, 2015
Constantly being asked what sport you play by white people. #BlackOnCampus— #FightFor15 (@SankofaBrown) November 11, 2015
"Are you sure you want to wear your hair that way" "Is that hair style professional" "You're so 'brave' to wear a fro" #BlackOnCampus— Yve (@yvethepoet) November 11, 2015
Being told talking about race and racism is being "oversensitive" #BlackOnCampus— JB. (@_JonathanButler) November 11, 2015
Freshman year of college I was accused of finishing math exam "too fast" by a white teacher at my HBCU and was given an F. #blackoncampus— TariqToure (@TariqToure) November 11, 2015
The number of Black students who pursue higher education has historically been low, but in recent years progress has been made and the presence of black students on college campuses has become more visible and the community as a whole has become more vocal.
The problem is not necessarily that the issues Black students currently face are new; they've just been ignored for far too long because they only affected an extremely underrepresented group, as is the case with many social problems.
With the accessibility and popularity of social media, students are taking matters into their own hands to make sure everyone knows what really goes on behind the scenes on America’s campuses.
Of course ... it wouldn't be a normal day on Twitter if white people didn't chime in to troll the hashtag, further proving exactly why such a form of solidarity is necessary.
#BlackOnCampus is such a sickening and sad, pathetic hashtag when you consider all the Black Veterans that should be remembered today.— tweetnwithtwits (@martydrinksbeer) November 11, 2015
It would seem that black people can't openly speak to the black-American experience, good or bad, without a white person trying to downplay it or make it out to be an attack against them.
It makes no sense how or why a white person would think they have a right to comment negatively on the experiences of any race other than their own.
Sorry to burst your bubble privileged white folks, but it's not always about you.
Folks are sharing their experiences of #BlackOnCampus Read. Listen. Seek not to defend but to ask how we can be part of the solution.— Kayla Koterwski (@KKoterwski) November 11, 2015
To ignorant white people trying to hijack #blackoncampus: maybe just sit back + read + learn something. Let that ignorance die.— Marc Peters (@rippleofhope) November 11, 2015
White people are trolling #BlackOnCampus trying to deny racism, when in actuality they're affirming it. Thanks for proving us right ??— #FightFor15 (@SankofaBrown) November 11, 2015
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