2015 was a big year for African-American student protesters. There were both large and small student protests throughout the year. Students at the University of Missouri, New York University, Ithaca College, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, the University of North Carolina, and more, got together at their respective universities to protest different culturally offensive events, and materials.
White emotional fragility has long been prioritized over black pain and anger in the American public sphere, as has the demand of many white people to be able to racially offend at will. That’s why we saw the students at Yale and elsewhere deemed soft and fragile for complaining about racially offensive Halloween costumes and university institutions that were named after men whose lives were an affront to black personhood and citizenship. This attitude needs to change; student protesters recognized that.
Diverse learning environments help everyone, yet it does not just help the academic environment, it also challenges the “non-black neighbors in that campus space to be more responsible and responsive.” Read more here.