ECU students share concerns at special forum focused on violence, current affairs


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A special forum on East Carolina University’s campus Thursday night to discuss violence in our country. The focus; recent situations involving communities and police with the most recent situation happening in North Carolina. The purpose of tonight’s forum to come together as a unified community and find out what is going wrong.

Deadly incidents in Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minnesota, Tulsa, and now Charlotte, have sparked conversations between Pirates.
“We have to force people to have the conversation because if we don’t, nothing changes,” says one student.

There were tears shed, stories shared, concerns raised, and questions posed.

“I would just ask God, over and over again… Why did you make me black?,” says another student.

A panel on hand to ease concern, answer questions, and sympathize with a connected audience. The overall message that there is an apparent disconnect and lack of conversation between races. Black students sharing deep, drastic concerns for the future. Some angry with the current state of affairs. White students admitting they do not know what stress black students face.

“I realized, I will never get it,” says one student. “I’ll never understand it. I’ll never be black.”

The question posed at the end of the forum; how do we actually change the current situation? Where do we go from here? This, a question many of us asking every time a new story makes headlines. Students agree, the best way to move forward is to keep the conversation open and honest.

ECU says more forums of this nature will be held in the coming weeks.

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