CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story inaccurately stated Sam Espada's class year. Espada is a freshman at UNC. The story has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
“All black because we’re black and blue in both senses of the word,” senior Omololu Babatunde said. “We’re students of color, students of marginalized spaces, but we’re also Tar Heels, and we wear our Tar Heel pride very proudly. But black and blue also entails a type of bruising, and you feel attacked sometimes in this space.”
The Real Silent Sam Coalition began their CanYouSeeUsNow march at the Old Well Saturday morning among visitors taking pictures with the University landmark to commemorate the occasion. The group of approximately 25 students carried banners and alternated chanting with silence as they marched through Homecoming Day festivities, ending at Gate Five of Kenan Stadium where they were met by security guards and watchful police officers.
“Homecoming Day is celebrating UNC as a home — as inclusive for all students,” said Babatunde, one of the organizers of the Real Silent Sam Coalition. “And I don’t think that’s the narrative that many students believe.”
She said the group marched Saturday to bring critical thought to the concept of UNC as a home and how marginalized students can reclaim the University.
“Now people of different backgrounds are accepted into UNC,” Babatunde said. “But when they arrive here, there isn’t space for them to perform their identities in diverse ways.”
Babatunde said some students feel their identities have been dragged through the dirt — most recently with the Wainstein report.