Purdue University students rally for unity

Nationwide, college students are marching together to declare their college a sanctuary campus.
Nationwide, college students are marching together to declare their college a sanctuary campus.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nationwide, college students are marching together to declare their college a sanctuary campus. Purdue University students joined in the movement Wednesday afternoon.

Since the election, there have been protests against President-elect Donald Trump.

“There’s a lot of violence going around in the country. I just don’t want that to reflect America because I don’t believe that’s what America is or the campus of Purdue University,” said freshman student Pablo Balcazar.

That’s why students marched together Wednesday afternoon in the Love Trumps Hate rally. Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition president Jasmine Edison said the goal is to stand together.

“Showing other students that we will not tolerate hate, or any sort of biased or discrimination on our campus,” said Edison.

The students started the march in front of the Purdue Memorial Union. Chanting and holding signs, students and community members ended their rally at Hovde Hall.

Edison said she wanted this rally to be peaceful and make sure everyone felt safe on campus. At the end of their rally, students talked about experiences of injustice.

Balcazar said he knows there are a fair share of Trump supporters, but “it’s important for people not to push aside the racism and sexism that he’s portrayed, and the hate that he’s portrayed. And that’s, that’s what this rally’s about — it’s all about love.”

Edison said she wants Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to get involved.

“We’ve also seen these polices kind of put into place in the form of a free speech policy that has allowed for a lot of hate speech by President Mitch Daniels,” said Edison. “A lot of times this free speech does turn into hate speech. It derails a lot of students.”

She wants to see a fine line put between the two.

The students will continue to stand together and promote solidarity.

“Students that feel like there’s nowhere to turn, I hope that they know that they’re living in a safe place because we’re here and we’re here to stand with them,” Balcazar said.