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Protests Over Racial Discrimination Spread In US Campuses

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Students in US complaining of casual, everyday racism occuring at campuses of Missouri

Demonstrations by black students have increased at campuses of Missouri University due to them being tired of being faced with racial discrimination on a regular basis.   

Students at more than 20 campuses planned solidarity protests against the treatment of black students at Missouri University across the country this week.

"It's more the daily microaggressions than the large situations," said Akosua Opokua-Achampong, a sophomore at Boston College.

On Wednesday, rallies were held at Ithaca College in New York and Smith College in Massachusetts.

Furthermore, on Monday, the president of the University of Missouri was ousted on Monday after being blamed by students that he is unable to stop racism in the university.

A former black administrator, Michael Middleton, was appointed to be the interim president of the education system in Missouri University.

At Ithaca college, protesters chanted  "Tom Rochon - no confidence", referring to the college's president.

"With University of Missouri's president stepping down, we demand Rochon to do the same as it is vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment," the protesters said in a statement.

Janay Williams, a senior at the University of California Los Angeles, told AFP that she has been facing discrimination at the university, since she is the only black person in her biology class. She have always the last to be chosen for group assignments.

"Students don't want to be in the same group as you with a group project, because they're afraid you're not going to do your share," she said.

Holloway, a student at Virginia Commonwealth, decided not to keep quiet anymore after she tried for a long time to give a deaf ear to racist actions against her which have made her frustrated.  

"It's hard when it's something you see every day," she said. "It's exhausting. It's fatiguing and, you know, we're frustrated."

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