Anonymous racist remarks during last nights Q&A session with Michigan State President Samuel Stanley sparks calls for change.
Tonight the Black Student Alliance kicked off their Community forum. The event was previously scheduled, but comes hours after the hateful and racist remarks were made.
Student Lily Cross attended the forum and says generating change should not be as hard as it’s been.
“We’re fighting policies we’re fighting upper hand people,” said Cross. “We’re fighting the very administrators that get us into this school and it should be a lot easier to make simple things change. It shouldn’t be this hard to tell you that something is wrong and someone needs to be punished.”
Student leaders with the Black Student Alliance say– this is a result of no one being held accountable for years.
“Since my freshman year there’s literally been something every single semester but what happens is it gets brought up, we have a forum then it dies down,” said Richard Winston, campus representative for the Black Student Alliace. “Kind of like what administration wants, then it leads up to the next semester because nothing ever really happened.”
The Q&A event used the platform slideo to select questions anonymously.
According to a statement released today by the Associated Students of Michigan State, the moderator wasn’t able to see the racist comments in real time. It also said although the issue was addressed at the end — it should have been discussed earlier.
MSU student bod president Mario Kakos says the student government is working on ways to make sure this never happens again.
“One thing we’re really looking towards is bystander intervention for our team and for us to intervene when instances like this come up, should they come up,” Kakos said. “And also working with MSU police and ensuring that a something like this never happens again but for those who promoted those messages to be held accountable.”
University police are now working to obtain IP addresses of the people who posted the harmful comments.