GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Over the last fiscal year the U.S. Department of Education reported nearly 150 cases of racial harassment on college campuses.
East Carolina students say it’s time to do something, and make change, rather than resorting to conversations and social media.
“I’m pretty much fed up because it’s becoming too often that it happens,” ECU junior Amber Ramseur said.
“It just makes you wonder, what is this world coming to, people are splitting apart as a whole,” ECU senior Devin Butler said.
Racism is found on college campuses across the country. ECU senior Devin Butler says its nothing new.
“We do live with this daily and it has not gone away wether it’s the 1960s or 2010 it’s still here,” Butler said.
Students say while they feel safe on campus, there is always room for improvement.
“The university isn’t as immediate with change with subject as they were with raising tuition, as they were with changing and building on campus,” Butler said. “They built change and made change physically on campus, but are they willing to mentally and emotionally impact students.”
“We can come together more,” Ramseur said. “There can be more involvement among not only the black community but anybody, it doesn’t have to be just black people helping black people.”
Ramseur says she doesn’t want to be a part of the generation that just talks about change, she wants to do something.
Ramseur said, “I don’t have to be the change, but I can spark it, and just do something about it instead of sitting around and watching it happen constantly.”
To try and spark change, Ramseur and other ECU students are hosting a gathering to stand in support of students at the University of Missouri.
Ramseur said, “I want to do something about it now before something does happen at ECU, to let it be known that it won’t be tolerated. We are going to fight for what we belive in, and we’re going to stand for you also.”
The event will be in front of the Flanagan building on ECU’s campus at noon on Sunday. Ramseur says the purpose is to show love for the students affected and raise awareness for what’s happening in Missouri. She says all are welcome to join.