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‘I never felt safe’: #BlackOnCampus stories flood social media after Missouri protests

Concerned Student 1950, led by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, second from right, speaks after the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday. (Sarah Bell/Missourian via AP)

Months of tension around issues of race on the University of Missouri’s flagship campus culminated this week in boycotts, the resignation of top officials and death threats made against black students.

These events also sparked a larger conversation about what it’s like to be African American on a college campus.  The Mizzou group Concerned Student 1950, behind many of the campus demonstrations, asked black students and alumni Wednesday to “tell us your experiences” about being “marginalized,” using the hashtag #BlackOnCampus.

[The incidents that led to the University of Missouri president’s resignation]

That prompted a flurry of tweets, pushing the hashtag to one of the highest-trending topics on Twitter in the country Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a snapshot of some of those tweets:

On lack of diversity

[Yale leaders reaffirm their commitment to diversity and debate]

On being stereotyped and profiled

[University of Missouri police arrest suspect in social media death threats]

On teaching

On not feeling safe