The protests at the University of Missouri have started something. While students of color have been raising their voices on campuses across the country for  decades, the events at Mizzou this week have seemed to raise the stakes.

At Yale, students passionately confronted a faculty member after he defended a dismissive email about racist Halloween costumes; and at Ithaca College, thousands of students staged a walkout, demanding the institution’s president, Tom Rochon, resigns.

This week there have also been protests or solidarity rallies at Smith College, the University of Colorado-Denver, the University of Southern California, Drake University, Vanderbilt, Brown, UC Berkeley, Virginia Commonwealth University, Howard, Hampton, and others.

The result? Students of color are no longer willing to be silent about the casual, and blatant, racism they face on campus. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to listen.

Republican frontrunner Ben Carson called the growing protests “a very dangerous trend,” and Donald Trump said the demonstrations were “disgusting.”

In spite of the criticism, however, students across the nation are sharing their experiences about being a Black student at predominantly white institutions with the hashtag #BlackOnCampus.

While it remains to be seen if this wave of college protests will yield even more administrative resignations, one thing is clear: universities can’t ignore the concerns of students of color anymore.

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