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Some URI Students Say Atmosphere Calm, Amid Racial Tensions On College Campuses Nationwide

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Rallies and protests have erupted on college campuses across the country following racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri. Students...

Rallies and protests have erupted on college campuses across the country following racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri.   

Students throughout Rhode Island have responded as well, but At the University of Rhode Island, some students say the racial climate is less heated.

Still, senior Myles Holmes said there is a racial divide.

“You can kind of see that there’s a lot of cliquing-up kind of,” said Holmes.

 You see more of a majority of Blacks in one area; you’ll see Caucasians in one area, you’ll see Asians in one area, but I feel like you can see some diversity with people meshing sometimes.”

Senior, Linda Reyes agreed. She said racial groups don’t often mix, but finds, students are more oftendivided by class.

“Where it’s urban versus more, I guess, privileged students, and so the diversity doesn’t tend to mix because of that classism,” said Reyes. “It ends up falling on the racial lines.”

Racially charged incidents have been documented at the school before. In 2009, bigoted messages were found around the campus prompting a large protest.

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