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On Thursday, July 14 Aggies and residents peacefully gathered to combat hatred and violence in the “#HateisBadBull” demonstration.
The event lasted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with residents of diverse backgrounds joining together at the corner of George Bush Dr. and Texas Ave., as well as the corner of Texas Ave. and University Dr., to show local unity.
The demonstration specifically focused on recent incidents, such as the Dallas Police shootings, the shots fired at the exterior of the Islamic Community Center of Bryan/College Station, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando as well as the deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dylan Noble from incidents involving police officers.
According to Sharrel Moore, community health senior, students were talking about the recent national tragedies, inspired by a conversation between two Aggies on Twitter. After much discussion and approval from the university and CSPD, the demonstration was made possible in only four days.
“We wanted to do something, but we didn’t want to make it anti-police,” Moore said. “There were so many [events] that happened this summer that we just wanted to honor each of those.”
Industrial engineering senior Otisha Byrd originally came up with the idea to host the demonstration. With the help of other student leaders, the event was made possible.
“[Texas A&M’s] core values include being inclusive to everyone no matter your color or race. We feel like we should have gathered all the students…as a whole to stand for what we believe in because we are the Aggies, the Aggies are we,” Byrd said. “We thought it would be a good idea to show that Aggies are against the hate going on in America, and we just want everyone to love one another.”
Demonstrators created signs to increase awareness of police brutality and to promote love and unity. A table with …