The claims of racism at the University of Missouri are not isolated incidents at that campus, according to over 105,000 tweets with the hashtag #BlackOnCampus.
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Tweets of alleged racism in campuses nationwide reveal that many black students fear for their safety and believe they are racially profiled.
The #BlackOnCampus hashtag was created Wednesday afternoon by Mizzou's ConcernedStudent1950 organization, which says it's represented every black student at the university since 1950, when the first black student was admitted.
Black Students and black alum, tell us your experiences as a marginalized student. Hashtag #BlackOnCampus— ConcernedStudent1950 (@CS_1950) November 11, 2015
Thousands of black students and supporters across the country responded to ConcernedStudent1950's call, and the hashtag was one of the highest trending topics on Twitter by Wednesday afternoon. More than 11,100 posts tweeted the hashtag between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also joined in the dialogue, saying in a tweet that he was "listening" to the #BlackOnCampus conversation and that it is "time to address structural racism on college campuses."
Here are some of the most common issues black students said they face being #BlackOnCampus:
Not Feeling Safe
Being told that you're whiny, because you want to feel safe on campus #BlackOnCampus— Morgan Perkins|11.16 (@meaux___) November 11, 2015
In the 5 years I attended Mizzou, living on and off campus, I never felt safe. #blackoncampus— Jasmine (@Jazzysaywho) November 11, 2015
trusting your peers on Twitter more than campus security when it comes to knowing about threats to my safety #BlackOnCampus— tayyy (@taylorrwaylorr) November 11, 2015
Lack of Diversity
Being #BlackOnCampus means you're beloved in brochures & "diversity" campaigns, but isolated & disregarded in campus access & equity.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) November 12, 2015
#BlackOnCampus Looking for Black Professors so I can see some Black Excellence in the faculty, only to be continually disappointed.— Daniel Johnson (@God_sgift_) November 11, 2015
when you suddenly become the spokesperson for all black people in your white only class. #BlackOnCampus— b (@bdoulaoblongata) November 11, 2015
Being Seen As Inferior
When I was in law school a classmate asked me: "Do you students take the same tests we take?" #BlackOnCampus.— Mariann Hyland (@HylandMariann) November 12, 2015
Dealing With Microaggressions*
*Microaggressions are the "everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden messages being sent to them," according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
"Are you sure you want to wear your hair that way" "Is that hair style professional" "You're so 'brave' to wear a fro" #BlackOnCampus— Yve (@yvethepoet) November 11, 2015
White teachers & students constantly amazed at how "eloquent" I am & surprised at how knowledgeable I am. #BlackOnCampus— Kieran (@QueeringPsych) November 11, 2015
Being told talking about race and racism is being "oversensitive" #BlackOnCampus— JB. (@_JonathanButler) November 11, 2015