Protesting Racism in Ashland

About 50 people protested racism in Ashland, Oregon, Friday, December 4th, 2015. (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani)

ASHLAND, Ore.-- Protesters bringing awareness to racism. This comes after anonymous racial and violent threats were made on a social media app called Yik Yak.

Southern Oregon University students, faculty and others rallied on campus and through the streets of Ashland.

Students said recent threats and hate speech toward some people of color is a sign that something needs to change. They said racism is real, and they will not stay silent about it.

"We need to start calling this stuff out," organizer Ahsante Foree said. "That's all we have to lose is our chains. So yeah, I really do believe in this protest and I think the time is now, the time was yesterday, the time was a month ago, the time was a year ago."

Foree said they stand in solidarity with Mizzou, Western Washington University, Lewis and Clark, and all other black students and students of color that go to predominantly white schools.

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