Hundreds of Baylor University students gathered last Friday to walk a student to class after she reported being harassed and physically assaulted by another student who supported Donald Trump.
The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, sophomore Natasha Nkhama reported being shoved by another student and called a racial slur on campus in a video posted to social media.
“This guy went out of his way to bump into me and sort of shove me off the sidewalk, and he said, ‘No n—–s allowed on the sidewalk,'” she said in the video. “And he was like, ‘I’m just trying to make America great again.'”
The post quickly spread across social media, resulting in Friday’s demonstration, which was made up of students, faculty and administration, including the university’s interim president David Garland.
Baylor University released a statement after the incident, saying that school officials are working with Nkhama to make sure “she feels safe and supported by the Baylor community.”
“We are a caring, Christian community in which acts of violence and insensitivity have no place. As Baylor Bears, it is our responsibility to care for and treat each other with love, compassion and dignity. Any behavior short of this demands our full attention so that we can hold each other accountable while seeking to reconcile and restore damaged relationships,” Kevin Jackson, Baylor vice president for student life, said in a statement.
The day before students gathered to support Nkhama, Baylor was the site of another, more contentious protest, according to the Waco Tribune. Several hundred students gathered on the university campus last Thursday, with some chanting “Build a wall” while others shouted “All love, no hate.”
In her video, Nkhama called for more empathy from those with differing political views. “If you voted for Donald Trump, I hope you understand what that means from someone else’s point of view,” she said.
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