NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of students walked out of class and took to the streets across the city of Nashville Wednesday afternoon to protest the election of Donald Trump.
“Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has go to go” is one of the many chants the group shouted as they marched from the Tennessee State Capitol through Lower Broad.
At one point, the protesters stopped in the middle of Broadway and sat down for nearly 20 minutes, raising their fists in solidarity as police officers held traffic at bay to keep them safe.
The students were holding various signs, some of which read “SELF LOVE,” “Raise Consciousness,” and “stay woke.”
The march then continued back to the state’s Capitol before heading down Charlotte Avenue, shutting down portions of the road as police remained close to halt nearby drivers.
The students, primarily from Fisk University but also other schools across the city, ended their 1.5-hour march back at campus off D.B. Todd Boulevard.
News 2 spoke with a few students once the protest ended. Here are their on the election and why they protested today:
“After we found out who won our presidency, we were very outraged because this person is a bigot, he’s a racist, Islamaphobic, and his plans for our future are just going to tear this country apart,” said Shaina Foster, a student at Fisk.
“We worked so hard, us as a people, to be progressive and get past this boundary of racism but he just came through and kind of tore it back down,” Foster continued.
“There are 11 million other undocumented students, parents, and children who are in fear, but at the same time, we know we are going to stand up and fight back. We are definitely going to stand up and defeat the mass deportations that he wants to continue doing,” Diana Montero told News 2, another student at Fisk.
“I am proud to be undocumented and I won’t be afraid to stand up and fight back with my brothers and sisters along with me here at Fisk University,” Montero added.
“By protesting, it’s just giving the people the feel of being free and speaking out and saying how you feel about this election in general, just speaking out,” said Berguissa Barry, a West African and Muslim student at Fisk.
Get more on this year’s presidential election at wkrn.com/election.