- Check back here tomorrow for updates from the planned student demonstration. For real-time images and news from the event, follow me on Twitter @tylerpatterson. Use #LCSolidarity and #BlackLCLivesMatter to join the conversation.
This post includes information from before the protest. For a recap about the actual demonstrations on 11/18/2015, click here:
- On November 17th, 2015 anonymous users on the campus posted threatening, hostile and violent messages to Yik Yak.
- This is not the first time Yik Yak has been host to violent messages threatening people of color at Lewis & Clark. In November of 2014, during an event for the annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, a student posted to Yik Yak "You're letting coloreds in the chapel now?" That same night, a post including only a gun emoji surfaced. Tuesday's messages surfaced just days after the 2015 symposium.
- After Tuesday's messages, students immediately responded by distributing the threatening Yik Yak posts online and in print to alert the student body and spread the news to other campuses across the nation.
- Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez wrote in an email to the student body that "The Bias Assessment Response Team is actively working on this highly troubling incident. The Portland Police have been informed. We are working closely with the Black Student Union and thank those students for their leadership during these troubling times... We must work together to ensure an inclusive experience for all members of our community and maintain a campus where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment."
- Administrators from the Dean of Students office extended their support posting messages to social media.
- Across the nation, students are organizing against campus administrators that refuse to make anti-racism a top priority. Yik Yak was also the medium of terrorist threats targeting black students at Missouri University.
- Faculty and staff swiftly responded by creating a petition. At the publication of this article, the petition had gained over 300 signatures, but it is unclear what number of these are from Lewis & Clark faculty and staff.
- Students will meet in the morning at 8 am in front of JR Howard Hall on the academic side of campus to stand in solidarity with black students. Check back here tomorrow for a follow-up story including your social media posts.