NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Around 400 or more Vanderbilt University students staged a campus-wide walkout Friday to protest the election of Donald Trump.
”A lot of students are really upset with the way the election turned out and we are showing our angry and our love toward the people we love and care for,” student Shawn Reilly told News 2.
At one point, they marched through campus and stopped at the intersection of West End and 21st Avenue.
They were heard chanting phrases such as “Whose streets? Our streets!” and
“For me, it’s more an ideological thing. It’s a kind of issue that most people were not willing to look past the bigot, racist, misogynistic views, so I think this is a good show of solidarity,” said another student, Corey McCloud.
“People able to look beyond that doesn’t get rid of the fact that he’s saying these things, believing in these things, and I think everybody show support and stand together,” added Jack Clark.
Nathan Dize, a French language instructor, posted on Facebook saying the students gathered to create safe spaces for people of color on campus. Students of all races, nationalities, and genders attended.
“I think there is a lot of pain, sadness and grief,” Reilly noted.
Some faculty and staff also participated in the protest or stood nearby.
The students say they will continue this enthusiasm for the next four years to make sure their voice is heard during the next election.
Another march is planned for next Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. where students from universities and colleges across the city will come together.