Kansas State holds walk and rally to respond to campus racism

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University and residents of Manhattan joined together for a walk and rally to reject discrimination on the university campus.

All classes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. were canceled for Tuesday’s K-State Unity Walk and a rally called KSUnite. The event was followed by a series of discussions about related issues. Watch in the livestream player above or click here to open a new window.

Student body president Jack Ayres and Darrell Reese, president of the Black Student Union, hosted the event. University President Richard Myers discussed steps to help the community move forward and unite.

“While we are not all the same, we can understand what it means to not be seen or be heard or to be invisible on a college campus,” Myers said. “It’s time for all of us as a family, as a community, to unite around our values when we see anger, hate or decisiveness.”

Watch all of Myers statement and the full event in the video above.

The event comes after a noose and racist flyers were found on the campus in recent months. Last month, a 21-year-old black man defaced his own car with racist graffiti in what he described as a Halloween prank that got out of hand.