A group of white students at the University of Delaware have told a black student to “sit down, sit down” and apologise for “not understanding” how to use a computer.
Key points:University of Delaware students are trying to take a stand against racism on campusThe students want the school to “end the racist, anti-Black culture”The students are part of a group of around 300 white students who are trying “to take a stance” against racism at the school.
University of the Delaware students have been protesting since last year when a black male student accused a white woman of racism.
The women say the alleged assault happened during a class in the summer of 2017, and the students are demanding an apology from the alleged assailant.
“I think what we’re doing is just trying to stand up for the students who have been victimized,” said student Jordan Meeks.
“We want the university to end the racist culture and end the racism that’s in our campus.”
The students’ protest comes just days after the school’s president announced the school would be removing the word “collegiate” from its campus signage and rename it “the College of Arts and Sciences”.
The group of students is part of the “We are Delaware” movement, which has sprung up across the country in recent years, aiming to highlight racial issues at the state university.
Mr Meeks said the school has done a lot to help them with their goal.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to have a campus where we’re able to be inclusive and we can actually take a proactive stance on race,” he said.
“That’s not a goal we have of the school, it’s a goal of the students themselves.”
Mr Mews said the students have had to fight the racism in their community.
“It’s been a really tough year for us, especially because we’ve had a lot of white people come and say that they were assaulted at our school,” he told the ABC.
“They’re not just saying it in a derogatory way, they’re saying it as a fact, they don’t know who this person is.”
Mr Jeeks said it was important to note the actions of those who were assaulted were not the students’ fault.
“When it comes to campus racism, the people who are perpetuating it are the students,” he added.
The university has so far refused to apologise for the incident.