Hundreds of Berkeley high schoolers leave class to protest ‘KKK’ lynching threat found in library
More than 700 high school and college students demonstrated on Thursday after racist images were found on a Berkeley High School computer, the Daily Californian reported.
The pictures, which featured an anti-black racist slur and a threat of a “KKK Forever Public Lynching” on Dec. 9, were found on a computer inside the school’s library on Wednesday. The school’s Black Student Union posted a photo of the images online, asking, “When we will we as Black Students feel safe?” The picture can be seen below:
This happened at our school! When we will we as Black Students feel safe? pic.twitter.com/awoRyUX8hX
— Black Student Union (@BerkeleyBSU) November 5, 2015
KRON-TV reported that members of the group linked the threatening message to messages targeting the school’s Academy of Medicine and Public Service, which includes several black and latino students.
“In the past acts of terror committed against the black student body have been ignored,” the group said in a statement. “We will not allow this to be trivialized like these other horrific instances.”
After assembling in front of the school library, protesters marched around the city, and were joined by not only teachers, but students at the University of California-Berkeley. Local police told KNTV-TV that they estimated that the crowd grew to more than 700 participants.
KNTV posted a short clip from the march online, which can be seen here.
100's Berkeley Hi students outraged over racist message left on school computer have marched onto UC Berkeley campus pic.twitter.com/JlKToMKBOV
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 5, 2015
More footage from the protest, as posted by KNTV-TV, can be seen below.