“This semester we’ve done a lot of great work, but what’s missing is the party,” said Dylan Mott, member of The Real Silent Sam Coalition. “This is our celebration.”
Although the event is a celebration of the people of color activist community, organizers call it a “takeover.”
“This is a takeover, but it’s not that we are taking space from anybody,” Mott said. “It’s taking space back and making ourselves visible.”
Student groups present at the event include the Black Student Movement, #NotSafeUNC, Real Silent Sam, Students for Justice in Palestine, Monsoon and RadAsians.
“So many black and brown people on the quad is in itself an action,” said Nikhil Umesh, a former Daily Tar Heel columnist. “You can’t remove the fact that it’s an action from the fact that it’s a celebration.”
A large portion of the event will promote the campaign #NotSafeUNC, which is a social media-based movement that highlights instances when students felt unsafe on campus.
Through Yik Yak, some people said they were upset that this event was occurring in the quad on LDOC. Black Student Movement member Ishmael Bishop, formerly a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, said they expect altercations from some drunk students who want to use the quad as a place to party after their last class.
“It takes a really inconsiderate person to say they don’t want us on the quad because they just want to get drunk after a hard semester,” he said. “Well, I’ve had a hard semester, and this is how I want to celebrate, and these are the people I want to celebrate with.”