Day 2/3: Johnson City, Tennessee
Today, just seconds before I came to join our second demonstration on campus, a freshman at our school, East Tennessee State University a freshman by the name of Tristan Pettke came up to my fellow protestors and taunted them with bananas, brandished a paper sack with the Confederate Flag, and carried around a noose. He called one protestor a nigger and handed out bananas. He was detained by public safety and onlookers demanded his mask be taken off before he was taken away. Though his actions deserved harsh repercussions, protestors remain calm while met with such heinous behavior. Tumblr, I ask of you to boost the heck out of this. We have been peaceful the entire time and to be met with such blatant racism is disgusting. Very proud of our president for taking immediate action and the good news is that he will be charged with civil rights intimidation and I spoke directly to our university president and demanded expulsion. For now, Tristan is suspended. I’m hoping for nothing worse tomorrow after what happened today. We might be waking people up on campus, but being in the South, the actions like today are to be expected and are nothing new.