Students in Hong Kong are risking their lives protesting for basic freedoms and these students, who have more freedoms than students anywhere else in the world, are protesting a fiesta party.

WHSV News reports:

University of Lynchburg students protest ‘cultural appropriation’ after fiesta-themed party

More than one hundred students and faculty members converged on the University of Lynchburg’s lawn Wednesday. A student-led demonstration was filled with emotion, chants and stories of discrimination on campus.

“It was a demonstration of, I think, how hurt some of the minority community is here at the university,” said Aaron Smith, Dean of Students.

Wednesday afternoon’s ‘walkout’ was planned in direct reaction to a fiesta-themed party held at a university-owned house Friday night. Pictures from the party surfaced showing students wearing fake mustaches, sombreros and drawn-on ‘gang tattoos.’

The university launched an investigation into the party. Smith said the images portray cultural appropriation and do not align with the university’s values.

“This is one of the many events where a culture has been appropriated, where minorities have been misrepresented,” said Darian Geddis, a senior at the university who helped to organize the demonstration. “Today we stand in stopping hate. Today we stand in stopping discrimination. Today we stand as the united front ready to make a change.”

Following Geddis, about a dozen students spoke to a large crowd during the protest. Some students were from the Latinx community and shared why the pictures from the party are hurtful to them. Others shined light on more equity issues on campus.

“We demand justice and inaction is unjust,” one student yelled.

Dean Smith said the campus always strives to listen to the students and implement changes.


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