LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Hundreds of Franklin and Marshall College students and faculty are protesting the school’s response to culturally insensitive Halloween costumes reportedly worn by five college athletes.
Students and professors said F&M is not doing enough to protect students from racism and needs to update its diversity training.
During a rally on Friday students and faculty chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho, racism has got to go” to show their frustrations.
Students who grabbed the microphone during the rally said racism has been an ongoing problem at the college.
The photos brought to light what administrators at the school have seemed to ignore according to Folusha Olawole, a sophomore at F&M who is originally from Nigeria.
“We’re so marginalized in society already,” she told ABC 27 News. “When I come to campus I want to feel safe, I want to feel heard.”
Students say the school needs to do more to handle complaints of racism.
Dan Wagner, the men’s soccer coach at F&M, admitted that three of his players were in the questionable costumes during the rally.
Wagner said the players on his team have received death threats and that his kids made a mistake.
“I know these guys and they’re good people,” Wagner explained.
Administrators at F&M previously sent a letter of apology to students and promised action.
Vice President, and Dean of Student Affairs, Margaret Hazlett, who also spoke during the rally, said it was good to hear from those who were hurting.
“It’s important to say that we hear you,” Hazlett said. “We hear you all in the community and that to acknowledge work has been going on, but more needs to be done.”
Olawole said she feels people are tying to make change, but she also said more needs to be done.
“It can’t just be letter of apologies we need actions,” she said.
Hazlett told ABC 27 News that students who were in the costumes are going through the judicial process at the school.
Hazlett also said F&M is in the process of hiring someone at the school would handle similar incidents.