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Graduate Students Demand Less Policing At UMass In Order To Fight Racism

December 6, 2018

Getting rid of the campus police anonymous tip line and severing the university’s relationship with town police were among the demands of about 200 graduate students who marched through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus on Thursday afternoon.

The campus police tip line “targets people of color” and the town police cooperation with UMass officials “encourages highly punitive University measures against students for any number of nonviolent/minor infractions and has somehow seemingly left racist terrorizers free of any meaningful response from UMass,” organizers said in a written statement, according to MassLive.com.

The march was designed to respond to incidents of racist, anti-homosexual, and anti-transgender graffiti found on campus.

Graduate student Quinnehtukqut McLamore told MassLive.com that unless the university “takes more concrete steps to protect students from hate speech and racism … it won’t be a safe place for anyone.”

The march was organized by Graduate Employee Organization, the graduate students’ union at UMass.

A UMass spokesman said that the university is trying to address the marchers’ concerns.

“A range of community engagement and educational work is under way to combat hateful acts that, sadly, have become all too commonplace nationwide,” the UMass spokesman said, according to MassLive.com.

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