UMass students marched Against White Supremacy Thursday afternoon.
The Graduate Employee Organization organized Thursday’s march in response to recent instances of hate-inspired vandalism and graffiti on campus.
UMass Amherst has been the site of multiple incidents of hate-speech in the past few months. Hundreds of students rallied outside the Student Union for a March against white supremacy in response to several incidents.
Someone wrote the ‘N-word’ on an anti-racist poster.
Homophobic slurs, as well as a swastika, were found on a student’s dorm room door. The university’s chancellor last month said UMass Police had launched an investigation. But the students feel the University isn’t doing enough.
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“I think that it’s inadequate,” said Alyssa Goldstein, a UMass student. “We think their platitude and signs aren’t enough, we want to see real action and we want to make this a campus that’s safe and welcoming for everyone.”
The university launched the “Hate Has No Home at UMass” campaign in August 2017 to help engage students in positive behavior.
“In solidarity together we show hate that we are a united front, that we don’t want them here on our campus and that they are not welcome here on our campus,” said Prachi Goyal, another UMass student. “We hope they see this as a threat or just as a barrier to say they aren’t allowed.”
UMass sent 22Nedws this statement in part:
“At UMass, we act promptly to investigate reports of hate, provide support for individuals and groups who may be targeted, and have strengthened campus security. A range of community engagement and educational work is underway to combat hateful acts.
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22News Reporter Hector Molina is covering the march and will bring you highlights on 22News Starting at 5:00 p.m.