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Payton Head, the president of the Missouri Students Association and senior student at the University of Missouri, is making the rounds on the Internet after writing a passionate Facebook rant about his frustrations with the racism he’s experienced on campus. After being called the N-word numerous times by passengers in a pickup truck that drove alongside him one night on campus, Head spoke out by calling on others to be aware of their privilege and their discriminatory acts against marginalized students.

Head’s statement on Facebook was so well received that it has now been shared almost 1,200 times. He was driven to speak out because he and many of those close to him have experienced acts of hate like this. In the Facebook post, Head said: “This is what I’m fighting against every day in boardrooms, conferences, meetings, classrooms, the Capitol, and in my daily life. This is my reality. Is it weird that I think that I have the right to feel safe here too? If you see violence like this and don’t say anything, you, yes YOU, are a part of the problem.” Read more at The Root.

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