*Hundreds of students, staff and community members came out in support of a “Black Lives Matter” protest Thursday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the protest was launched by white UNL student, Trevor Obermueller, in the wake of protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University against racism.
In his comments, Obermueller called on the school to require a cultural sensitivity course for all incoming freshmen.
On Wednesday, Maya Evans, an African American junior and president of the Afrikan People’s Union on campus, shared her opinion about the #BlackLivesMatter rally in the Daily Nebraskan:
The rally has a goal, and the goal is not to skip class and protest for the fun of it. It’s also not a place for anyone to be violent; we want it as peaceful as we can get it. To me the goal is to educate those around us about what our minority students go through, what this movement really is and how to become an ally for minorities. This call for action will help students understand what the [Black Lives Matter] hashtag really means, how the school can do a better job at addressing racial issues and that racism does exist on this campus.
Below, tweets from the protest:
— Anthony Hawley (@anthonyhawley) November 19, 2015
— Rachel Larson (@RachelLarson03) November 19, 2015
Black Lives Matter pic.twitter.com/yBPrte8AC3
— Jena Mendoza (@mendozajena) November 19, 2015
— Ethnic Studies (@UNLEthnicStu) November 19, 2015
Powerful stuff today at the #BlackLivesMatter protest. I’m proud to go to a university that recognizes racial injustices
— Jared Mikuls (@CubistPepe) November 19, 2015