Senior Kiyah McDermid said black students all have a similar experience of being specifically asked about their thoughts on black history when the topic is touched in class.
“I just felt like that’s how you navigate UNC,” McDermid said. “We’re always kind of looked at to represent our race at all times, especially when you’re with somebody or a group of students that are not your own race or ethnicity.”
Freshman Trinity Johnson said she experienced some culture shock at UNC after she came out of a high school with a diverse mix of peers.
“You’re trying to make friends with some people; they are not that open for some reason,” Jonson said.
Johnson said she has more confidence in her race than she did before.
“Maybe I’ve talked to the wrong people, but I do find a lot more comfort in my race,” she said.
Junior Katrice Mitchell, who is biracial, said she is open to interracial dating, but she gets comments about merely walking with someone white.
“Even when people see us together, we’re just friends, they are like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s black, and you’re super white’,” Mitchell said.
“I don’t know if there’s a super-white spectrum, but apparently there is.”
Freshman Isatta Feika said people should be more open-minded about embracing other communities.
“I believe people generally just have questions; they just don’t know. But if we are just angry at them for any little thing they say, it doesn’t solve anything,” Feika said. “We should be more open to each other.”
Weathers said she came to the event because, as a freshman and a female minority student, she wanted to know more about what others are experiencing at UNC.
She said she learned from the event to always embrace others, even people who are not like her.
“Everyone’s situation is different,” Weathers said. “No one is exactly the same. To be inclusive and not exclude people.”