Students protest hate incidents at UW-Platteville

More than 200 UW-Platteville students walked out of class and marched on campus during finals week to protest 25 reported incidents of racially motivated hate crimes on campus this semester, according to

Those incidents include graffiti, threats and vandalism.

“I’m ashamed. Flat out, I’m just ashamed. I think people who tend to want to brush the events under the rugs aren’t really walking the footsteps of students of color on this campus,” graduate student Kate Bucko was quoted as saying.

“We have to stand up. We have to tell people how serious this is,” Quincy Buffkin told the crowd.

Students told that the march was a call to start a conversation about the issue. Some said the conversation should have begun long ago.

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields told students the real problem was that no one had come forward with information on who is responsible for these acts.

Graduate students organized the rally via Facebook and word of mouth. It event comes a week after university faculty and staff held a similar march to bring awareness racist acts.

UW-Whitewater has also been plagued with a series of hate-motivated incidents this semester, including two attacks based on perceived sexual orientation.