Hundreds of Students Walked This Girl to Class After a Guy Called Her the N-Word on Campus

A student on the Baylor University campus went out of his way to approach a girl, shove her off the sidewalk and call her the n-word, saying he’s “just trying to make America great again.”

Let’s be honest. Last week in the United States was absolutely insane.

The most anticipated, tense and divided election in our country came to a close on Tuesday night when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

In the week that followed, I have been absolutely blown away by the hate that I’ve seen across the Internet. Social media made it incredibly clear just how divided our country is, and the fear that has been expressed is truly shaking.

It’s scary to see where our country is headed, mostly because when it comes to uniting or dividing this country, one man alone has very little power. 319 million Americans are the ones who hold that power, and it’s scary to see how some of our neighbors have chosen to use it.

This story about a Baylor student came across my feed today, and it really made me think about the power we have to unify this country.

On November 9, the day following Donald Trump’s election, Natasha Nkhama was walking to her class on Baylor’s campus. It was then that an alleged student approached her, pushed her, called her the n-word and told her that he was trying to “make America great again.”

Natasha’s friend Jaileen Maite posted a video of Natasha describing the incident.

She explained that while she was on her way to class, a guy went out of his way to bump into her then proceeded to shove her off the sidewalk.

“He said, ‘No niggers allowed on the sidewalk,’” Natasha said. “I was just shocked, like I had no words.”

She said another male student whom she did not know tried to come to her rescue and told the guy, “Dude what are you doing? That’s not cool.”

According to Natasha, the guy then said, “Dude, like what…I’m just trying to make America great again.”

The video quickly went viral, and on Friday, hundreds of students gathered on campus to walk Natasha to-and-from class.

They also showed their support using the hashtag, #IWalkWithNatasha.

In a statement, Baylor University said they were aware of the situation that took place, and condemned the male student’s behavior, calling it “deeply disturbing.” The university also commended the bystander who intervened and defended the female student during this encounter.” They are working with Natasha “to ensure she feels safe and supported by the Baylor community.”

More than 300 students waited for Natasha outside of her class.

When Natasha saw how many of her peers had gathered to support her, she was completely overwhelmed and couldn’t hold back her tears!

“I just wanted to thank everyone for being here, and I want everyone who sees this to know that Baylor is a campus of love, and Baylor is a campus who watches out for each other, and that one person is not a reflection of us, they’re a reflection of themselves. We look out for each other over here. And I want everyone to just continue to not allow things like that on our campus. Because, not on our campus. Here, we love each other, and we’re a reflection of God…”

Then hundreds of students walked Natasha to class, singing “Amazing Grace”.

She later thanked the stranger who stuck up for her saying, “To whoever defended me that day, I don’t know who you are, but I thank you for being an example to everyone on campus.”

Natasha also had a message for the guy whose actions of hate were the catalyst for Friday’s movement.

“To the gentleman who said those words, I’m praying for you, and I love you, and I don’t know you, but I hope you know that everyone here loves you, and we just want to see the world be a better place.”

One dumb guy on the Baylor campus instilled fear in a girl on Wednesday. It reminds me of the fear that many Americans are experiencing in regards to our country’s leadership, and the unknown future thereof.

And while this story started with the same reports of hate and division that we’ve grown used to in this country, it ended with the perfect example of how the power of one person is nothing in comparison to the power of many. When we use our power in numbers for good, we have no need to fear the future, and our communities can become unified, where they once were divided.

We have the power to make history, love people, praise God and be the good we want to see in the world. I pray that we can learn to stop taking that for granted.

Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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