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Yale students rally after racial incidents

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Yale University students told Eyewitness News they were upset over racial tension on college campuses and on Thursday, they once again made their voices heard.

The students held a gathering of solidarity against racial incidents at Yale and at the University of Missouri where the president recently resigned for not taking enough action.

Yale students told Eyewitness News they are disappointed by the some racial incidents, but are not surprised. They said it can happen anywhere, which is why they feel it can't be ignored.

Yale students gathered at the Sterling Library in what was being called "a blackout." A blackout is a day where they are wearing black to call attention to racism.

“Awareness is really important and I think right now we are working on demands,” Yale student Elisia Ceballo-Countryman said.

Yale students have recently experienced what they say are acts of racism.

The university is looking into who was behind several posters found on campus with racist words and whether a student may have been denied access to a fraternity party because of her race. 

The concerns at Yale come when racial tensions are escalating at other college campuses.

The University of Missouri President Timothy Wolfe stepped down this week after students demanded action saying racial incidents were being ignored.

A swastika painted in feces was found in a dorm room after reports of racial slurs.

The student movement gained momentum when Missouri's football team threatened to boycott a game.

At Yale, students said they want to be heard.

"I think just recognition that students of color are just part of a fabric of college campuses of America and that we deserve to be respected,” Yale student Ishrat Mannan said. “And that's not a small thing to ask."

Yale President Peter Salovey has met with some the students and told them significant changes would be announced before Thanksgiving.

Eyewitness News reached out to the president on Thursday for reaction on this latest gathering. Salovey has declined to comment.

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