NU stands up against racism
On April 30, the second annual Stand Against Racism was held at NU. This is a social gathering that rejects racism and what it does to a community.
NU student Crystal Brea stood on top of a rock in front of Dunleavy Hall explaining that racism affects everyone and that prejudice is made of fear and ignorance.
YWCA is an organization that empowers women and, in this particular situation to empower those to effect co-workers, friends and family to stop all types of racism.
The goal of this demonstration was to raise awareness at NU that racism still occurs even on our own campus.
In 2008, 60 different organizations joined together to do a demonstration like this, and in 2009, NU joined these organizations.
This year's demonstration was dedicated to Dorothy Irene Height, who recently passed away and played a huge roll in helping and shaping the campaign against racism. She started fighting racism at the age of 12 when she asked to speak to the manager of a public swimming pool because she was denied admittance for the color of her skin. She went on to fight racism from the 1950s to the 1980s and gained leadership through the YWCA.
Niagara University student Deja Bailey was recently affected by racism on campus.
"About two weeks ago, I was walking into Clet Dinning Hall and a bunch of white dudes, pointed and said, ‘Oh, f@&k that (n-word).'" Bailey bravely told the crowd of her experience.
The group then came together to say a pledge against racism. Tavon Rowe, another NU student, finished the demonstration by performing a poem that expressed the need to stop racism.