Trending Topics

Southern Illinois University Student Responds to ‘Go Back to Africa’ Chants from Trump Supporters in Epic Video Post

Racism at SIUC. I'm at my residence hall and all I hear is TRUMP 2016. The same group of kids in a fraternity ( ATO) drew Trump 2016 and various racial slurs with chalk on the ground and on campus monuments. The campus did NOTHING about it. They had multiple open discussions in the hallway that were completely and utterly racist. Asking black ppl to go back to Africa , throwing the "N" word around like it was nothing. So I walked my BLACK ASS downstairs and asked them to say it in my face. Call me nigga , call me a good for nothing welfare recipient like I'm not here paying MORE than you. Y'all get ahead with handed scholarships , and grants while the poor will be lucky if they see either or. The Residence Assistant on their floor stood in solidarity WITH THEM. Who do you go to when your oppressors are your authority? The craziest part about it is that these are the ppl I will compete against in CORPRATE AMERICA. These are people I will potentially work with side by side. They have no respect for not only me as an individual , but my entire RACE. How do I tell my sisters and brothers that it's safer fighting for your education than it is in the streets of Chicago. The reality is that neither is easy. All you can do is strive harder.

Posted by Leilani Bartlett on Monday, April 4, 2016

A Black student at Southern Illinois University posted a live video detailing the racism she has encountered in a residence hall from Donald Trump supporters.

Bartlett said the first incident occurred when supporters of the Republican presidential candidate said the Black Lives Matter movement was “retarded.” They also told the handful of Black residents to go back to Africa and called them the N-word.

After the second incident of the same nature, Barlett faced the group, who were members of the fraternity ATO, according to the Chicago native’s Facebook page. In the video, Barlett said she won’t feel uncomfortable at a school she pays $22,000 a year to attend.

“I refuse to pay my money to get an education,” Bartlett says. “To set the standard, to set the precedent for my siblings, my sisters and brothers that they can be successful only for you to deny me? No, bro. I went down there and I confronted all of them.”

In the video’s description, Barlett says the same group wrote “Trump 2016” and racial slurs in chalk on campus grounds, including on a statue. She says the campus did not do anything about the issue.

“Y’all want to have an open forum and an open discussion about Black people,” Barlett continues in the video. “Let me pull up a seat, let me hear everything you have to say in my face.”

The SIU freshman says the racist discussion the frat brothers had about Black people is what bothers her the most, “for the simple fact that, I’m a Black woman. I’m an entrepreneur and I’m trying to make it and it’s all these external forces going against me.”

Barlett gets emotional discussing being a first-generation college student and having to deal with the daily racial scrutiny.  And she believes her school won’t do anything about the discussion since there have been multiple racist incidents.

“It crazy to me that me and my friends have to have our safety threatened,” she says. “Have to feel threatened at an institution that we got accepted to amongst their requirements.”

Rae Goldsmith, an SIU spokesman, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a formal complaint has been filed regarding the incident and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has launched an investigation with the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell issued a statement after the video went viral. He urges students to support the school’s “core community values of respect for individuals, diversity and inclusion.” Adding that “anything less diminishes all of us. Free speech is an important right and value. It is also important to use that right wisely and respectfully.”

“At the end of the day, all you can do is to continue to be you,” Barlett says at the end of the clip. “All you can do is never let that shade get to you and keep being successful.”

What people are saying

7 thoughts on “Southern Illinois University Student Responds to ‘Go Back to Africa’ Chants from Trump Supporters in Epic Video Post

  1. Go to a black college and stop giving these crackers your money.

  2. Younger Black generations need to learn their history in order to tell the brain dead White racist descendants of their massacre loving, lynching destructive behinds that it was ILLEGAL for us to leave this nation after the Civil War as we were too valuable. One of you brainy writers who glimpse this please research and report extensively. The gov't at that time took stock of all assets combined and surmised that the African captives here were more valuable than all other assets combined including railroads, buildings, institutions. This is a military history fact when studying the Civil War and was mentioned on the History Channel. Lincoln was trying to settle our ancestors on Isla La Vech in Haiti but Wall Street, where this Civil War was foreseen since 1812 and who sanctioned the ending of slavery in NY state in 1827 BEFORE THE BRITS in 1835, was made to pretend to outwardly free us but the reality is it still went on (Slavery By Another Name book/documentary). US Steel enslaved Black men and a few Black women from 1865 up to WWll. Can only imagine the nig htmare the women endured because not one word us sdoikjen if them.
    It was ILLEGAL for us to leave the nation as we were too valuable. The knowledge and the physical strength and the contributions of our ancient ancestors made us too valuable tomlet go of. Europeans have been a drag on every Indigenous group on the planet and now they want to carry their sickness to other galaxies and all. Put an end to their destructive run by fiursdt recognizing that no one needed anything the Europeans had to offer. They are still a small group in the face of billions of Asians and BILLIONS OF AFRICANS who by now ought to be tired of the endless looting at the hands of Europeans who learned if this from the non peace loving Muslims and their 14 centuries of oppression on this Continent which lead to chattel slavery on the very Wall Street built by our ancestors for free and where war on the Middle East is planned out for the benefit of profiteers just like it was for Prescott Bush too sell arms to the Germans on Wall St in the middle of WWll. Prescott Bush's sin asnbd Grandson are foirmer Presidents of the US.
    I'll shut up now but the next time y'all are told to go back to Africa, tell them it was ILLEGAL or yoiu could tell them you shall return to a Continent of almost 2 Billion with a capital B!

  3. Sister, sister, sister, don't buy into their system, don't allow they to get into your head. You are fighting the same fight that's been waged against us since 1619. Nothing has changed and nothing will change. Trump, this government, racism are all obstacles controlled by the system to thwart your success. Understand the game that the system plays on you and against you, you will learn that all of this trivial minutiae is nothing but noise, being directed at you to throw you off course.

  4. And we still are valuable to them. We just don't see the value in ourselves. We are the most marketable race there is, liquid money. We make it and we spend it everywhere but on our own people.

  5. Michael Lee says:

    Sorry but I'm finding it harder and harder to have any type empathy for folks that just can seem to used their common sense and take their money elsewhere.

  6. Kip Droidi says:

    This video is not racists, is not wrong. Everythiong she is reporting is absolutely true. Many, many witnesses to this crap.

  7. Kip Droidi says:

    No one should be made to feel that way.

Leave a Reply

Back to top