By Ryan Macleod – 1851 Staff
On November 26, Professor Jesse Tauriac hosted a community discussion about the St. Louis Grand Jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson. A crowd of approximately 25 students and 10 professors gathered to express their opinions and feelings about what happened in Ferguson.
Many students who attended were upset about what occurred and talked about how it was another act of racism that continues to go unpunished.
Senior Jazmine Jackson, who initially contacted Tauriac about hosting the meeting, said, “I had contacted Dr. Jesse Tauriac late, the night of the decision after a number of my peers texted and called me expressing their anger. He immediately set up the discussion the following day.”
The audience talked about what happened in Missouri and later discussed how racism is still prevalent. Many students discussed how the color of their skin makes them targets for social injustice and that, even in 2014, there is still racism in the United States.
Senior Devonte Johnson asked, “Why can’t I walk down the street wearing what I want and just be left alone?”
“Sometimes I dress more clean cut and borderline business attire so that I am not perceived as intimidating,” said senior, Moise Michel. “I dress above and beyond so that I am not perceived as problematic.”
Toward the end of the event, Professor Tauriac commented positively on the discussion saying, “This was a mixed-race conversation about the injustice that occurred in Ferguson.”
The talk was a positive place where students and faculty could share their opinions about what happened without getting judged.
“The discussion was well attended by a diverse group of students and faculty,” said Jackson. “I enjoyed seeing so many people stand up for what they believe and I hope to see future discussions similar to the one on Ferguson.”