Love overcomes hate: SU students post fight racism with notes of solidarity
SALISBURY, Md. – Love overcomes hate. That’s the message Salisbury University students are spreading by removing the racist messages that were written on the walls of Fulton Hall, and putting up positive ones instead.
“I think it speaks volumes, it speaks volumes,” said Professor of voice, Dr. John Wesley Wright.
For the past two days, Salisbury University has been in a state of unrest. Following yet another incident of racist vandalism on campus specifically targeting people of color. But instead of causing a divide, students are coming together to let the community know that hate has no home here on campus.
“I couldn’t wish for a better step towards the right direction. It just meant so much to us all,” said senior Katie Schell.
The walls that were once covered in racist messages and threats have been transformed with posts of love and support.
“It gives us hope. It makes us feel unified, and I think that’s great,” said Schell.
Giving each student who walks through these stairwells the encouragement and reminder that no matter who you are, you matter.
“This is who we are. That is not who we are. That statement, it’s done, it’s painted over. We can’t paint over the issues. But we can paint over the nasty words,” said Dr. Wright.
“You can think as much as you want, and write as much as you want but it’s not going to change how much we’re all standing together,” said Schell.
And although there’s still a lot more to be done, students say they’re happy to see the University taking a step in the right direction. Salisbury University’s President, Dr. Charles Wight also released a statement Wednesday regarding the recent incidents and says he’s “committed to doing a better job communicating with the campus community.” He adds that he’s determined to send a strong message that hatred and discrimination have no place on campus.