PULLMAN, Wash --- Demonstrators took to the WSU campus Saturday to make a stand against white supremacy and have their voices heard.
“It’s really the biggest power we have in this country and to be silent means we are kind of complacent,” said demonstrator, Kate Meyers.
The group was made up of students, faculty, alumni and others. They used their power to make a stand against white supremacy.
The “March against White Supremacy” was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia involving white supremacist groups and counter protesters. Issues closer to home drew some of the crowd as well.
“I think the students have a lot of good quorums and issues with President Schulz and what he hasn’t done to make sure this campus is a safe place for all,” said Meyers.
Some of the demonstrators said they were disappointed with WSU President Kirk Schulz’ response after what happened in Charlottesville.
He tweeted,” we strongly denounce racism and Nazism of any kind and condemn the violence which occurred in Charlottesville. Hate has no place at WSU.”
A WSU spokesperson who was at the march confirmed President Schulz was out of town.
Lashae Daniels told the crowd she was hoping he would be there.
“We don’t see Kirk, we just see him tweet. And the way Kirk moves about this campus is making a platform for whether he wants to or not, he is,” said Daniels.
Daniels hopes the protest will be the beginning of change she said needs to happen at WSU.
“A lot of times we make these policies that don’t fit with marginalized groups so I think the first thing is have policy reform and second is having a committee that represents all students,” said Daniels.