Rutgers University officials say the University of Connecticut students who marched through the campus Wednesday to protest racist graffiti have a long history of protesting on their campus.
“The Rutgers students have long been a powerful voice for marginalized communities and we are committed to making sure they continue to have the support they need and deserve,” university spokesman Kevin Korn said.
“We have worked with our student body to make sure this is not the last time they will have a voice.”
The Rutgers University Students’ Union said the march was “an opportunity for the community to show our support for marginalized groups.”
They organized in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and have taken a stand against the vandalism of the university’s building.
“Rutgers has been the home of black people and students for decades,” the students’ union said in a statement.
“This is not an isolated incident.
The university is also an important venue for our diverse student population, which has been at the forefront of the fight against racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination.
We are proud to have been a leader in the fight for racial justice and inclusion and stand with the Rutgers community in their fight against the harmful effects of hate and hate speech.”
University officials say students will meet again Wednesday evening to discuss the incident.