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Yale Students Join in "March of Resilience" Against Cultural, Racial Injustice

Nov 9, 2015

Hundreds of Yale University students marched through campus on Monday afternoon against what they said is a hostile climate. 

The demonstration was in response to a professor who spoke out against concern that Halloween costumes be culturally sensitive. 

Standing in front of the Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale senior Eshe Sherley said that her college community is standing together against racism.

"People are here today because they see the inhospitable climate for people of color on campus," Sherley said. "And they want to show their solidarity in building a campus that is safer for students of color to come here and do their work." 

Yale students at the March of Resilience on Monday.
Credit Ryan Caron King / WNPR
Yale students at the March of Resilience on Monday.
Credit Ryan Caron King / WNPR
Yale students at the March of Resilience on Monday.
Credit Ryan Caron King / WNPR

Just before Halloween, a Yale email was sent reminding students to be aware of costumes that might be offensive.

A professor responded in another school-wide email suggesting that the university guidance could amount to censorship of expression.

Student Sherely said the concern about free speech distracts from the deeper problem of racism on campus.