Last Thursday, a group of students walked out of class after getting fed up with Racism in Minneapolis, MN. Over 100 kids from all ethnic backgrounds showed up at school dressed in black to show unity and send the message that students of color are treated respectfully regardless of their skin color.
“I chose to speak today not only because my friends have expressed the pain that they have been caused, but because I know that classes to come will have to endure that same pain,” said student Louis Lynch.
There is a movement called National Student Walkout Day. After April 20, 2018, its campaign came about mass killings at South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman open fire killed several people. The campaign is also in remembrance of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in which two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher.
As for the 100 Minneapolis students who left school, their demand for justice was about how a group of students was disciplined after they walked out of class to observe National Student Walkout Day.
However, according to Reg Chapman of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, school staff said the students who received disciplined were about how they chose to express themselves. “The handful of students that were reprimanded engaged in negative and profane speech and displayed signage featuring anti-police vitriol.”
Lynch said, “The white people that are out here hear the pain that people of color are facing, and I don’t understand why they can’t hear that either.”
Another student by the name of Cage Linton, according to Chapman, said, “I’ve seen videos being taken of words that I don’t want to say that have been sent to people of color that I don’t think should have happened, and other situations in the school that have happened.”
For the 100 students who express their disappointment, they planned to take further action ( although it is unknown what specific steps they planned to take) if school admission fails to respond appropriately.