Student protests erupted at St. Olaf College after several racist, hate-filled acts on campus.
Around 1,000 St. Olaf College students are calling on school officials to react. The sit-in which began at around 5 p.m. Saturday in the Buntrock Commons area it was triggered by the letter which an African-American woman found on her car. A part of the typed text said, “I am so glad that you are leaving soon. One less ‘expletive’ that this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.”
— Kirsten Swanson (@KirstenKSTP) April 30, 2017
Students claim it is not the first incidence of racist behavior in the walls of the university and call the dean to listen to their requirements. “It’s not just, ‘It’s these couple of little instances, it’s these little things people are writing, it’s the notes people are leaving on the cars,” one of the students commented. “Those are symptoms of a larger problem that’s not being addressed.”
“Untold numbers of people of color leave this campus every year because of the climate that we have here,” she added.
The crowd took turns shouting and chanting, “end this now,” until the college’s president, David Anderson, took questions from them and discussed the issues of systemic racism and cultural diversity.