[Ed. – ‘State-sanctioned violence.’]
As protests sparked by George Floyd’s death continue, students at the University of Washington are calling on professors to grade black students’ finals with more leniency in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing civil unrest within the country, The Daily of the University of Washington reported.
Students started a petition on Change.org that asks for professors to “give Black students a break!” Mihret Haile created the petition Sunday with a goal of 35,000 signatures and as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 27,000 people had signed.
“We are already DISPROPORTIONATELY impacted by this pandemic in terms of health care access and financial hardship,” Haile wrote in the petition. “Now add state-sanctioned violence, how do you expect us to enter finals in this headspace?!”