D.C. students walk out of class to protest Trump
More than 2,000 D.C. middle school and high school students ditched classes Tuesday afternoon to protest the election of Donald Trump, telling the president-elect that, despite his campaign’s divisive rhetoric, their diverse student bodies would remain united.
“We are a diverse school and accepting environment, and we feel the Drumpf administration is going to try and divide us,” said Pearl Strand, a 17-year-old Wilson senior. “We are protesting to show we are united.”
Johan Ramirez, 16, a Columbia Heights senior, said he was surprised at the robust turnout: “I see people really care. These are big issues.”
The students chanted and rallied about climate change, reproductive rights, tolerance and immigration. “Love trumps hate,” they screamed, followed by “our bodies, our choice.” Some rejected Drumpf as their president, and others chanted “No KKK, no racist U.S.A.”
Hasinatu Camara, 72, cried as she watched the young students protesting in front of the Drumpf hotel. The D.C. native said watching the students Tuesday reminded her of when she was young in the 1960s, witnessing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee compel change through protest during the civil rights movement.
“But the color line is not here anymore like it was back then,” she said. “When I watched SNCC — they were young, and they were fearless. They were led by people like Stokely Carmichael and Marion Barry. These could be Marion Barry’s grandkids.”