Western Washington University is the latest college to face difficult conversations about race, during a season of protests on campuses across the country.
Western Washington University is the latest college to face difficult conversations about race, during a season of tension on campuses across the country.
Many of those conversations have been inflamed by threats of violence, like the ones that canceled classes Tuesday at WWU.
The University of Missouri brought campus race issues to the forefront when students demanded the U of M System president resign or be removed. They said he had not done enough to create an inclusive campus and had not listened to their concerns about several racist incidents. A member of the protest group went on a hunger strike, and the football team said it would not play until the president stepped down.
The president and school chancellor resigned, but threats against blacks were posted on the anonymous sharing app Yik Yak. In one message, the poster threatened to “shoot every black person I see.”
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Students at Ithaca College demanded the resignation of their school’s president for his response to incidents on campus.
Hundreds of Yale students marched on campus to protest racial insensitivity.
Those protests elicited opinions and conversations nationwide about free speech and inclusive language.
University of Washington students rallied to show solidarity with black students at the University of Missouri, marching through campus and briefly blocking a University District intersection.
In the space of about two weeks, protests spread to more than 100 colleges and universities, the Los Angeles Times reported. Some protests spurred change.
Claremont McKenna’s dean was forced to resign amid student protests.
Occidental College agreed to increase diversity funding, provide training and create a black-studies program after students staged a weeklong sit-in at an administration center, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Princeton’s Black Justice League demanded the university’s president remove alum Woodrow Wilson’s name from campus buildings and acknowledge the 28th U.S. president’s “racist legacy,” according to NJ.com. The university will consider renaming the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
As change sweeps the country’s campuses, so does the threat of violence, sometimes from anonymous social-media accounts.
More than a dozen colleges have faced threats in recent weeks, Inside Higher Ed reports.
In San Diego, about 400 marchers rallied in support of a woman who was allegedly a victim of a hate crime in a campus parking lot.