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Black lives, they matter here

Graffiti on the rock in Kresge courtyard sparks controversy – and discussion – at Bethel By Abby Petersen The Brushaber Commons went silent as Chief Diversity Office Ruben Rivera walked onto the atrium platform. “I’ve been here 19 years and I’ve never seen this,” Rivera said, gesturing to the crowd that spread up the atrium stairs, around the balcony and out the doors to Kresge courtyard. Sept. 28 dawned with protests in the courtyard after the rock in the center, typically spray painted for campus activities, was painted during the night with the message “Blue Lives Matter” and “BLM (Black Lives Matter) = racist.” The message covered a Black Lives Matter message another group painted on the rock Sept. 26 in response to recent shootings of unarmed black men by police and an incident at the University of Northwestern, about three miles from Bethel. A group of students responded the following morning by wearing all black… Keep Reading

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