North Texas Daily

Groups gather to discuss police brutality, deaths

Groups gather to discuss police brutality, deaths

February 19
00:54 2015

Julian Gill / Staff Writer

The Student Government Association, Black Student Union, NAACP, Peacebuilding Support office, International Socialist Organization and the Organization for Equity and Diversity recruited five UNT affiliates active in the local community to serve on a panel leading a discussion about social justice in the Auditorium Wednesday night.

SGA chief officer for ethnic diversity Hanna Bagheri said the event is a follow up to the campus “die in” on Dec. 4, sparked by recent controversy over the Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin killings.

“At the end of the day, these subjects are very pertinent to student life,” Bagheri said.

The event titled “I could be next” started off with senior Roderick Parker reciting a spoken word piece followed by an activity called “the Race of Life.”

Teresa McKinney, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and moderator of the event, lined up 10 students in front of the stage and gave instructions: “If you have a parent or grandparent that was lynched, step forward.”

After a series of similar questions, McKinney said the student’s final positions were meant to highlight the “baggage” minorities carry that is beyond their control.

“As we move towards a more diverse campus, we’re being more thoughtful about the differences we have,” McKinney said.

McKinney asked the panel, consisting of Mercedes Fulbright, Charles O’ Neal, Mariela Nunez-Janes, Lawrence Billy Jones and Marlon Davis, questions regarding racial profiling, police brutality, criminalization of minorities and civic engagement.

Davis is a biology junior and a member of the International Socialist Organization. He said events like these are important for students.

“When these things aren’t discussed it only gets worse,” he said. “We have to understand the situation in order to change it.”

The discussion concluded with a call to action led by the president of the Black Student Union, Cherita Cunningham, and a saxophone performance by associate professor of music Brad Leali.

“A lot of students are living here and the university can ensure they feel safe in their home by having programs and discussions like this,” said Cunningham.

About Author



Related Articles


No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

The Roundup

<script id="mcjs">!function(c,h,i,m,p){m=c.createElement(h),p=c.getElementsByTagName(h)[0],m.async=1,m.src=i,p.parentNode.insertBefore(m,p)}(document,"script","");</script>

Search Bar

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@Reed_Smith25: 30 minutes out from kickoff between North Texas (6-6) and Miami (OH) (6-6) at the Frisco Football Classic.@ntdaily is going bowling, folks.Follow this thread for live tweets, updates and analysis in this matinée bowl game matchup!
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
ICYMI: Dominant play pushes men’s basketball toward win against UMass📝@Tzac24 📸@TylerLukerNTD
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@TylerLukerNTD: @MeanGreenMBB will be tipping off against the UMass Minutemen in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at 3:30 p.m. today! The Mean Green hope to improve to 5-3 on the season. Tune into this thread for live updates. @ntdaily
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
All-Conference USA Team announced: North Texas football with seven selections📝@Kvn_Wlkr14 📸@zachdelbello
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@OberkromJaden: Enjoy the greatest podcast episode we’ve ever done.
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Block Ad

Flytedesk Ad