The story of racial discrimination and violence is rooted long back in the history of the United States of America. African Americans have long histories of racist policing, which they endure till the date. Legal discrimination and exclusion from the major avenues of wealth creation adds to discriminating events. They have been protesting against these injustices since post Civil War Days in the 1870s.
The series of protests has seen remarkable revolts. Few of the revolts to enlist, occurred in Chicago, New York City’s Harlem neighbourhood, Detroit, and Los Angeles. One of the most vocal riots of the series, when the city was burning red hot, came to be known as “long, Hot Summer of 1967”. Even the enactment of the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” couldn’t save the black community. People continued to be subjected to inequities and legal violence. Almost all the violent attacks on the black people in the U.S. were acts of police forces like George Floyd case.
The stories of racial injustice cannot be summed up in words. The African American community suffers a lot. It’s high time for fellow human beings to stand up in solidarity for the community. There’s no time to waste. Northeastern University is to unite with black people. Many of them lost their lives due to racial injustice, . On Monday, June 8 the university decided to suspend classes, close administrative and academic offices on all campuses . Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern, made an announcement for the same. He said that they will join in unity with those all who are grieving and angry over persistent injustice towards black people.
Under Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, the university organised an online vigil. On June 8, social media platforms displayed the works of black people during the vigil. Also, President Aoun has declared June 19 as a “Day of Solidarity” across all Northeastern campuses. This is how the Northeastern is standing with the victims of racial injustice.