An actor named Isaiah Washington has proposed a national day of boycott which is what inspired the walkout and march at Reed College.

KATU News reports:

Students hold demonstration on Reed College campus for ‘National Day of Boycott’

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of students and staff walked out of class and marched across Reed College Monday for the National Day of Boycott, carrying signs and raising a chant as they streamed across the quad.

Organizers said the boycott is to “stand in solidarity of the black and brown students” at the college.

The National Day of Boycott is a call to action from actor Isaiah Washington who suggests the African American community pick a day (September 26) to boycott their place of work and government institutions to demonstrate how Black Lives Matter.

Reed students behind Monday’s boycott said their absence from class was to show their refusal to participate in institutions that “fail to address their compliance and perpetuation of racist, classist systems.”

Organizers said they were fed up with the college administration not doing enough about the black student retention rate, which they said is at about 50 percent. And they said the school lacks diversity among faculty.

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