UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

Black Lives Matter rally at UNF met with protest

Video by Jack Drain

“Black lives matter” rang through campus Wednesday afternoon as students chanted and cheered on the Green to protest police brutality. The rally was organized by the newly founded student group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The protest was described as a “non-violent rally” on the group’s Facebook event page and lasted about an hour, involving speakers from the White and Woke group and SDS. Some speakers recited poems while others told stories and explained why they support Black Lives Matter (BLM).

“My little brother, he’s 17 years old, he’s got dreads, he’s a teddy bear, he plays in the band and he wouldn’t hurt a butterfly,” Dominique Thompson, a senior English major, said. “But somebody could look at him and be afraid of him and hurt him and that scares me.”

Things got heated at the BLM rally after students wearing “Trump Pence 2016” stickers showed up to voice their opinions. These students booed and shouted “Trump 2016” and “then don’t break the law.” Students from the pool of protesters responded back by shouting back “go home” and “shut the f–k up.”

Despite this, the rally remained non-violent.

Zachary Stephens, a freshman studying political science, participated in protests against the BLM chanters and said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement as long what is said is kept factual.

“When they said that more blacks are being killed, that was an incorrect statement,” Stephens said. “According to the FBI in 2014, 50 percent of all police homicides were committed against white

people. Only 26 percent were black. That in itself speaks for how invalid that statement is.”

Students gathered and listened to a handful of guest speakers before the chants and counter-chants began. Cookies and signs advocating for the cause were available at no cost to attendees before the rally.

Most students who came out to the rally were happy to see the BLM movement on campus.

“I’m really glad that they’re doing this today because my cousin, this summer, was shot by a police officer and he was unarmed,” Thompson said. “My family, we’re black, I can’t remove their skin color to protect them.”

While some students participated in the chanting of things like “black lives matter” and “stand up fight back,” one student sat crisscross on the Green, about a hundred feet from the protesters, silently holding a sign that read “Police Lives Matter.”

Jared Rubin sat in protest of the BLM rally. Photo by Brittany Moore
Jared Rubin sat in protest of the BLM rally.
Photo by Brittany Moore

Jared Rubin, freshman exercise science major, was the man behind the sign.

“I have friends and family who are police officers that put their lives on the line everyday to keep people safe,” Rubin said. “I think that the Black Lives Matter movement kind of fuels racism.”

The BLM rally certainly gave students of all opinions a chance to have their voices heard.


For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

View Comments (5)
More to Discover

Comments (5)

Spinnaker intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, slurs, defamation, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and will be removed if they do not adhere to these standards. Spinnaker does not allow anonymous comments, and Spinnaker requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All UNF Spinnaker Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

  • S

    SheenaOct 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This article does not point out that blacks make up a lower number than whites in population, therefore when they say blacks are more likely to be killed by a police officer they are right. The key work you failed to mention is disproportionately, which means that if you factor in population, yes blacks are more than twice as likely to be killed, just for being black. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/11/arent-more-white-people-than-black-people-killed-by-police-yes-but-no/?utm_term=.2f276bdca028

  • S

    SamOct 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    All lives matter! Black Lives Matter needs to focus on their own actions! They are the REAL racist!

  • D

    DianaOct 1, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Improper use of *they’re in the Thompson quote

  • C

    Chris BarkerSep 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I found KKK business cards in the building 15 bathroom while BLM was chimping out.

  • H

    HankSep 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    All Lives Matter!