To Whom It May Concern,
A series of statements from University of Missouri Students

2015 was an emotional, strenuous, and trying time for students of color at the University of Missouri Columbia.  Now, almost exactly one year later, the campus seems to be right back to where it began.  After another series of racist remarks made towards black students, have expressed concern again.  However, this time around students have had time to reflect on the past and present issues students of color face on campus.  Trill or Not Trill was able to reach out to a four students who were willing to share their thoughts. In a series of letters, these students let us in to display their true feelings….

 

To Whom It May Concern,
          After a while you just become numb. I mean between what is happening in this world right now regarding gun violence and injustices that occur at other universities like Mizzou, it’s just numbing. Mentally you just can’t handle it and the only way to combat it is to just say, “here we go again” and move on. Here at Mizzou, it baffles me to be completely honest because, I’m afraid that this is just a repeat of last year. The fact that black students cannot be involved on this campus without being called racial slurs is barbaric and truly unacceptable. Now we ask ourselves, when does it end? Will it ever end? I think we are coming to a point where we need to accept racism will never go away, but what will disappear is the disrespect towards our humanity.
-Female. Sophomore. African American

To Whom It May Concern,
          Since freshmen year I’ve known this would be my place. It was my dream to become a Tiger. Since my arrival, things haven’t always gone to plan. However, I think that throughout all the negative there’s a main focus we haven’t touched upon yet. I believe that focus is collaboration. We spend so much time fighting and hating that it feels like we don’t know how to love. It’s 2016, and I’m a Mizzou tiger, but just like age, we still have some growing up to do.
-Male. Sophomore. African American

To Whom It May Concern,
          The fact that I’m white doesn’t mean this is okay with me. It doesn’t mean I’m going to sit by and let these things keep happening. This campus is everyone’s home. Everyone here deserves to feel welcome here. You have to realize that if you keep perpetuating this hate, you make us the villains.
-Male. White. Sophomore
(An Ally)

To Whom It May Concern,
          Racism is real. That’s a fact. We should work together to make that statement untrue. On this campus I hear too many racially biased statements/jokes made at the expense of different minorities; even though it may seem harmless, it escalates to people thinking it’s okay to call black people the N-word without taking a second thought. It’s 2016. This needs to stop, and we need to stand together to put an end to racism on our campus as #OneMizzou. If you’re not for equality then you’re a part of the problem.
-Female. Senior. African American
(A black girl who wants equality for everyone)

 

 


Bailey Synclaire is a vibrant college student studying journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia. Born and raised in St.Louis MO, she’s passionate about journalism, pop-culture, Instagram, family, and most importantly, the St.Louis Cardinals. With only one year of college under her belt she’s looking forward to the future.