Nearly 300 Baylor University students walked Natasha Nkhama to her class after she alleged that a student pushed her, called her the n-word, and told her he was “trying to make America great again.”
Twitter user Jaileene Maite posted a video of her friend Natasha Nkhama describing an incident that took place on Nov. 9 at Baylor University in Texas.
In the video, Nkhama said that while she was on her way to class, a guy “went out of his way to bump into me and shove me off the sidewalk.”
“He said, ‘No niggers allowed on the sidewalk,’” Nkhama said. “I was just shocked, like I had no words.”
She said another male student whom she did not know tried to come to her rescue and told the guy, “Dude what are you doing? That’s not cool.”
According to Nkhama, the guy then said, “Dude, like what…I’m just trying to make America great again.”
“So if you voted for Donald Trump, I hope you understand what that means from someone else’s point of view,” Nkhama said in the video, which was widely shared on social media.
In a statement, Baylor University said they were aware “of a student who was pushed and subjected to racially offensive language from another student yesterday while on campus.”
The university condemned the male student’s behavior and said it was “deeply disturbing.” They said they were working with Nkhama “to ensure she feels safe and supported by the Baylor community.”
The university also commended the bystander “who intervened and defended the female student during this encounter.”
After the video went viral, hundreds of students gathered on campus Friday to walk Nkhama to class and to support her using the hashtag #IWalkWithNatasha.
When Nkhama saw so many of her peers waiting for her, she couldn’t stop her tears. “I just wanted to thank everyone for being here, and I want everyone who sees this to know that Baylor is a campus of love.”
“And Baylor is a campus who watches out for each other,” Nkhama told the crowd.
“And that one person is not a reflection of us, they’re a reflection of themselves. We look out for each other out here. And I want everyone to just continue to not allow things like that on our campus… because not on our campus.”
Nkhama also thanked the other male student who defended her during the incident. “To whoever defended me that day, I don’t know who you are, but I thank you for being an example to everyone on campus.”
“To the gentleman who said those words, I’m praying for you and I love you… And everyone here loves you, and we just want to see the world be a better place,” Nkhama said.