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Unity In The Community: A Group of EMU Students Respond To Last Week's Racist Graffiti

Sep 29, 2016

It's been over a week since racist graffiti was found in several locations on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  

The campus is home to the Early College Alliance, where high school students can earn college credit.  ECA organized a "unity in the community" event Thursday to unite against the recent incident outside King Hall, where the program is located.

The students and staff of the Early College Alliance, whose offices are in King Hall, gathered to ask questions, alleviate concerns, and put forth the message that hate is not a part of the EMU community.  WEMU was there to speak with the students and staff about how they've been dealing with a climate of fear and uncertainty that has been created by these acts of hateful cowardice.

People gather in King Hall for the event.
Credit Patrick Campion

Ellen Fisher is the principal of the Early College Alliance at Eastern.  She says they were trying to do something more permanent and lasting to combat the images of hate.

"We think it's important to continue the conversation and use this as an opportunity for teaching, showing kids that it's important to stand up and keep on standing up and hopefully deepen our education that we do with too with our whole student body," says Fisher.

Students working on a "Hands of Diversity" banner.
Credit Patrick Campion

The students also created a "hands of diversity" banner to show their support.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu