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Students gather at Duke to demand change

Posted November 20, 2015

— For the second day in a row, Triangle college students are demanding change on their campus. Students gathered Friday afternoon in Page Auditorium at Duke University to meet with administrators.

They want action from university leaders, but so far they said they feel there hasn’t been enough.

Duke students that organized the meeting said they have experienced racism and homophobia at the University. Some students said they feel that the issues have been ignored, to some degree, by university leaders.

“It did feel like it was a lot of them speaking to us,” said Melody Iro, a sophomore at Duke. “So we decided to plan this event today where it was us stating demands, what we want to see happen, change what we want to see.”

Iro said it's time to draw the line with the Duke University administration.

"Students are fearing for their safety on campus,” Iro said. “We wanted to give them concrete things we needed as students.”

Students’ demands included required instruction on racism for faculty and students, clear policies and repercussions on hate speech, buildings and monuments on campus be named for distinguished African-Americans, and an administrator tasked solely with handling inequities on campus.

At a similar meeting last week, administrators announced a new task force to investigate hate allegations and a new website to track them.

“It is our plan to look at these things seriously and to figure out where the most important progress is to be made,” Duke President Richard Brodhead said. “Bias and hate have no place in civil society.”

A similar meeting was held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Thursday night.


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  • Mike Hill Nov 22, 2015
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    Furhter, if I live my life expecting to being treated badly, what I am going to find is every slightest bad slight, injustice or just plain meaness is born of racism or homophobia. If you live your life expecting fear or misery that is how your life will be defined and what you experience. You are very ill educated and ignorant, on top of being miserable and fearful if that is all you expect. You have now made yourselves spiritually dead in your 20's. All that money we as a society spent on you at Duke has been wasted.

  • Mike Hill Nov 22, 2015
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    Because after paying that ridiculous tuition change is all they have left.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Nov 22, 2015
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    These people won't stop until all the white people are dead.

  • David Herman Nov 21, 2015
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    At UNC the protestors demand all security cameras be removed and the police department abolished. No law enforcement may posess weapons at the hospital or the campus. Boys and girls are to go the same bathroom. Bums must be allowed to dwell on campus. No business with prisons, Israel or coal(apparently they are fine with oil and nuclear? Maybe they think that only white people work in the coal industry?). The list goes on and on with more of the same silly blabber. Fortunately I'm sensing the whole facist world of a civil rights movement is reaching its twilight. They have cried wolf about 1000 times too many.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 21, 2015
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    Blah, Blah, Blah.... if you don't like what Duke is doing - transfer to Shaw or another predominately black school. Trust me, you won't be missed. And I can just see a white student "demanding" something at Shaw or another black college. LMAO!

  • Tom Laurence Nov 21, 2015
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    Perfectly stated!! Let them go to all predominately black college and see what "demands" they get! LOL

  • Victoria Clark Nov 21, 2015
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    Didn't they know this information before going to this school? I also would like to know if black colleges such has Shaw is having to make the same changes for non minority students? Are they forced to have a certain quota and provide them their own space? All minority students required to study an all white history class.. Are they expunged for jumping into a white person's face while calling them names making them feel uncomfortable. Lot of what I am seeing is asking that certain people get special treatment. Everything in life needs to earned and not what you think someone owes you...

  • Wanda Paylor Nov 21, 2015
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    They should all join a branch of the armed forces and then try to demand change.

  • Marcia Johnson Nov 21, 2015
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    Remember the cost to Duke in dollars and prestige when the lacrosse scandal broke. Broadhead had better be careful how he handles this situation. Pandering never works in the long term.

  • Scott Mace Nov 21, 2015
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    I can't help but feel these students would be much better off if they stopped being so concerned about for whom the buildings were named and instead focused on what was being taught in them.