MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — The Ethnic Theatre alliance on Ball State’s campus organized the “It’s Bigger Than You” peace march Sunday, in response to the protests in Ferguson.
Several members said the whole point of the event was to shed light on the problem of inequality in all forms.
Some students spoke out about the violence in Ferguson, and the need to talk about the issues at the forefront of debate right now, like racial profiling, negative stereotypes and police militarization.
“In order to have justice change, it has to come from both the government and ourselves, and our community. Altering our image and pushing for reform to reduce racial profiling and stereotypes are ways to eliminate the tension and perception,” said a student from Ferguson, Missouri.
Before marching silently through campus, organizers encouraged students not to turn a blind eye to controversial issues but instead talk about them and push for change.
“What we do know is our bubble in Ball State University has officially been popped. We have officially begun the stage of educating our student body, educating our faculty members, our parents our communities on the rights and the wrongs that are going on in our country. The bubble is gone,” said ETA president Nathaniel Thomas.
The alliance also put on an emotional presentation, recognizing African American victims of violence from Emmett Till to Michael Brown. The group says they’ve been talking about these issues for more than a year now, and the violence in Ferguson just gave them more motivation to keep working for change.