Ithaca College students are the latest to protest the racial injustices they have faced on campus by coming together for a walk out. In addition to the walk out they followed in the steps of the students at Missouri and are demanding the resignation of school president Tom Rochon.

The students who took part in the walk out accuse the faculty and administration of promoting a facade of diversity at the New York institution.

“Diversity and inclusion here at Ithaca College is nothing more than an image,” student Tyler Reighn shouts to the crowd via megaphone. “We have no desire to work within this broken structure.”

Racial tensions rose last month when a students claim a prominent alum made a racist remark to another speaker at a campus event while speaking on the panel. Students became more outraged when nothing was done to correct the remark.

What the school ended up doing was releasing a statement on why the remark went unchecked.

“Such language, intentional or unintentional, exists in the world and will seep into our community. We can’t promise that the college will never host a speaker who could say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or otherwise disrespectful,” Rochon said.

A “chief diversity officer” was hired to improve the campus’s racial climate but that did little to satisfy the students who still feel oppressed.

Some believe that they are just joining the Mizzou bandwagon, but they say their protests are far from superficial.

About The Author J. Davis

20. Michigan State University Junior.

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