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OU Students speak out again about racism on OU’s Campus

OU students demanded action for racial injustice today at the Better Together March across the University of Oklahoma campus. Started as a Facebook event, the nonviolent protest began with a silent march from Dale Hall with duct tape over the students’ mouths with statements of “#StillUnheard” and “#BetterTogether,” symbolizing their voice they believe has been silenced.

Miles Francisco, demonstration leader and OU student, says, “When you’re not speaking up now when black students, when students of color, feel unsafe on this campus, we have a problem. Your silence is deafening.”

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The march continued to Evans Hall, but Gallogly was not present during the march. Ending on the East Union Lawn, demands were stated for President Gallogly and the administration, including an increase of diversity in the administration and the Board of Regents.

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“Action needs to be done. No one should ever feel uncomfortable on this campus. Matter of fact, I was on campus corner when I got the notification on my phone that there was some guy walking in a blackface. I never felt so uncomfortable and so unsafe in my life. I don’t care if you’re drunk, I don’t care if you’re high, I don’t care if you’re sober. This place should be zero tolerance for that type of conduct.”
Diamond Mack, a biomedical engineering freshman, marched along with students in the Better Together March today. Students came together to emphasize the need for racial justice after two incidents of blackface surfaced this past week.

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