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COF Protests: #BlackLivesMatter

photo: Paige Kennery

photo: Paige Kennery

This afternoon, students from every school in the Colleges of the Fenway faced the cold to speak out against racism, and address the recent death of Eric Garner and so many more.

Before the protest began, facilities and security were taking precautions.

At noon, protesters and protest leaders gathered to welcome everyone as the crowd grew.

Signs were everywhere, passed out, and held up in solidarity:

Several speakers stood up and spoke to the crowd, addressing issues head on and remembering people that have passed.

At around 12:45, the crowd walked to the Simmons College academic campus, chanting, “hands up, don’t shoot”.

Soon, protesters got out of the cold and marched through the halls of Simmons’ Main College Building, chanting and holding up their signs.

Shortly after, the group made it’s way to MassArt and Wheelock College.

Protesters came back to Emmanuel, walking through the halls of the Administration Building and making more speeches.

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Paige Kennery is the Executive Managing Editor for The Hub. She can be reached at kenneryp@emmanuel.edu. Follow her on Twitter @PaigeKennery.

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4 Responses to COF Protests: #BlackLivesMatter

  1. anon

    December 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I’m confused; why are the students protesting against EC? I’m all for protesting racism and police brutality, but what does Emmanuel College have to do with any of that?

    • George

      December 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I have the same question. I suppose that these protesters are looking at Emmanuel to back them up, and live up to the mission the college was founded on. There does not seem to be a clear message within the actual protests (or this article) as to what it is they are protesting.

      ~George

    • Elijah Patterson

      December 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Emmanuel has been fostering an atmosphere of racism and racial microaggressions for a long, long time. Many students of color, particularly Black students, are feeling unsupported by the administration and, after asking the administration for help and not receiving any, decided to make the issue public.

      This is tied in with the recent police brutality cases because those events stem from the kinds of racism that we are seeing on campus. It is an atmosphere of racism that devalues the lives of Black people everywhere. BSU members and other students said repeatedly yesterday that this could be them, it could be their future child. I wish I could give credit to whomever it was who said that the real danger is not more Michael Browns but more Darren Wilsons, bu you don’t have to use a gun to destroy Black lives.

      The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is necessary in a world where those lives are constantly devalued by white racism. That’s what the action was about yesterday: demonstrating the value of Black lives and the community’s refusal to accept systemic racism at Emmanuel any more.

      • George

        December 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        So you’re saying that only whites are racist? No, you’re wrong. Black Lives Matter means something else entirely. You are misinterpreting the the real argument here.

        Take for example, the recent case of Smith College’s President apologizing for stating “All Lives Matter” instead of “Black Lives Matter”:

        The president was enlightened of the mindset that should be taken in the eyes of protesters. While yes, all lives matter, it is important to recognize the problem that is being highlighted.

        Though there are likely white people being shot and killed, this issue of the two recent cases involving black men dying highlights what is understood to be a more common problem: racial inequality on a cultural level.

        While people that are saying “All lives matter” certainly mean it, and are right, the problem at hand does not include “all lives” as a specific target. That makes it seem like we are all holding hands smiling and celebrating that we all matter.
        Stating “black lives matter” shows a specific problem within society that the statement “all lives matter” does not properly illustrate.

        This shouldn’t be an ego measuring contest between races. This isn’t just a problem with the police force. Police killing blacks are being used as a tool, a situation to point to in order to highlight the bigger problem of racial inequality within our culture and society.

        Ethnic specificity is what many of the protesters seek. Clouding the racial inequality with statements that promulgate racial equality may, in the eyes of protesters, take away the spotlight and lay the argument to simmer.

        ~George