At the end of Friday nights Eastern Michigan University football game against Wyoming, roughly 100 to 150 EMU Black Lives Matter student protesters linked arms and peacefully walked onto the football field. Demonstrators made their way to the sideline at the 50 yard line facing the home team fans. The protesters chanted, "We're going to be alright", and, "Black Lives Matter." The students were peaceful and passionate.
As student protesters were preparing to march onto the field I spoke to student demonstrator Caryn Banks who is a 5th year senior from Detroit. Caryn said she came to EMU because she was impressed with the diversity of students at the school. Caryn said she was shocked by the racist graffiti painted on EMU school buildings in recent days. She expressed dismay that in 2016 this kind of racism is surfacing.
Caryn Banks informed me in the 4th quarter that, "They would be letting student protesters onto the field to demonstrate at the end of the game." When I asked her who gave the students permission to go onto the field she wasn't sure,
Unfortunately, one or two vocal people sitting in the stands heckled protesters in an ugly manner, and that is a shame.
EMU student BLM demonstrators handled themselves with grace, style, and a positive spirit.
Purple Walrus Press.
|EMU student protesters walk onto the field after EMU football game. Photo Purple Walrus Press.|