Waukesha Students for a Democratic Society
Speak Out Against Racism!
By Chance Zombor October 27, 2010, Waukesha, WI – Waukesha Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), along with other student groups, held a Speak Out Against Racism! demonstration in response to a recent rise of white supremacist graffiti on the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus. The graffiti included swastikas and the initials “KKK.” The graffiti had previously been addressed by the university administration only with a mass email warning of a possible “written reprimand, loss of a privilege, or community service” for the perpetrator.
With around 100 in attendance, Dr. Margaret Rozga spoke first, sharing her personal experience of having fought in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. She encouraged students of this generation to continue the struggle against racism. Chance Zombor and Missy Gaido of SDS spoke out saying, “I would argue that the symbolism of writing KKK on anti-racism fliers is more than just racist. It is a threat of violence. When I think of the KKK, I think of death! The public murder of innocent people.”
Jessica Bemi, an organizer with the Pride Alliance said, “She likened those of us in the queer community to animals and inanimate objects by suggesting that if gay marriage were legalized, people might start marrying dogs or tables. Our campus community put out a strong response.” She added, “We in the LGBTQ community and our allies are devoted to equal rights for all people.”