Cornell 'takes a knee' to protest racism

September 29,2017


Hundreds of students, staff and faculty members gathered at Cornell University’s Arts Quad to “take a knee” to address white supremacy, racism and support the recent NFL protests started by Colin Kaepernick.

The event, organized by the Cornell Coalition for Inclusive Democracy, comes in response to the Latino Living Center overhearing brothers of Zeta Psi fraternity jokingly chanting “Build a Wall,” and an alleged recent assault on a black student which resulted in a sit-in.

According to the event description on Facebook, “Kaepernick’s anthem protest is important because it reminds us that racism is not only a matter of individual acts of harassment and aggression on the part of a few bad actors, but something that is enabled and perpetuated by institutional practices that systematize inequality and exclusion.”

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