In this excerpt from a new video that is being released by the Jackson State University System, a black student explains why he and his friends decided to take on the system as an alternative to the system of white supremacy.
“We have to be prepared to take action.
We have to go out and make our voices heard,” said Dontre Hamilton, who is a student at Jackson State.
The video has received widespread attention on social media, including from many on social justice platforms, which have criticized the system’s response to the protest.
“I know there’s a lot of people in this school who are struggling to figure out what they want to do with their lives, and I want to encourage them to think about what their place in the world is,” Hamilton said in the video.
“What do they need to do?
What can they do to help change the situation?”
“What we need to start doing is creating alternatives,” he added.
Jackson State has taken steps to try to counter the protests, including suspending a number of students and ordering an internal review of how the school’s leadership is addressing racism and discrimination.
On Monday, the university issued a statement, saying that the university’s response was “a positive step forward.”
The statement noted that “the school has made clear that it is willing to take this action in order to address the concerns of our students and community.”
But some students and others say that the response by the school to the protests has been lackluster, with some saying they felt the school did not do enough to address racism.
“If they can’t do something to solve these problems, how do they fix the problem?” said one black student who is an alumnus at Jackson High School.
“The fact that they have made no moves in response to these problems is just ridiculous.”
Jackson State’s Black Student Union and the Black Student Coalition have been the focal points of the protests at the school.
The union, which is comprised of more than 30 black students, has been organizing for years, holding rallies and marches to demand more resources for the black community.
Jackson has the largest black student population in the country, according to the US Census.
Black students make up almost 12 percent of Jackson’s student body, according a 2016 report from the University of Mississippi.
The majority of Jackson students are white, and the school has a high percentage of students who are non-white, according data from the US Department of Education.
According to the report, more than half of the students enrolled in Jackson High, the state’s top public high school, have been students of color for at least five years.
In response to some of the issues facing black students at the Jackson high school campus, the union also recently began holding “free speech week” protests, in which students and staff gather to promote free speech and to express their opinions.
But some black students have said that the protests have not been peaceful.
“You can’t just sit there and just protest because they are trying to shut down a rally,” said Nelly Jackson, a junior at the high school.
“It’s not peaceful and they are not going to be able to shut us down.”
“I think the protests that are happening on campus and across the country are more important than anything we can do,” said Hamilton, a sophomore.
“These things don’t just happen when we’re out in the streets.
They happen when they’re in our classrooms and our homes.”
The protests have sparked calls for a boycott of the school, which has been a mainstay of the black student movement for years.
But the protests and the student government’s response have left some students questioning whether the protests are effective in challenging the system.
“There is a sense of frustration that is building among students at Jackson,” said Anthony Toney, a senior at the college.
“But I’m not sure that these protests have actually been effective in making a difference.”
“I think what’s going to take them to the next level is actually making the system aware that they are out there and that they exist,” said Toney.
Toney is one of the leaders of the Jackson Black Student Association.
The association has organized for years to have its voice heard, he said, and he thinks the protests on campus are an important step in that effort.
“We’re trying to show the system that we are still here and we’re not going away,” he said.
“This is something that the system is going to have to take serious action on.
We need to make sure that we’re going to stay here and that we continue to be vocal.”