Recently, a large group of white student protesters stepped to the front of a rally and formed a human shield to protect black protesters from the police.
The rally took place in South Africa, where police officers had previously used brutal force against the predominantly black demonstrators who turned out to peacefully protest rising university fees.
The news source, News Channel Africa, said that the protest was a part of the #FeesMustFall movement. The demonstrators were simply asking for college fees to stop increasing.
But Monday afternoon, Eurweb reports that when students from Rhodes University turned out to support their fellow students at the Eastcape Midlands College (EMC).
— RockTheCity24Oct (@BongoMuffing) October 20, 2015
The Rhodes’ independent publication, Activate reports that, “Rhodes students united with the EMC protesters with the hopes of discouraging use of unnecessary force by the police. According to an eyewitness, tensions rose when protesters were chanting at the police to leave, and the police responded by driving towards the crowd in an attempt to disperse the protesters.” They added that, “gates at EMC were closed to prevent students from entering the premises. The eyewitness explained that a man attempted to climb over the gate resulting in SAPS firing what was initially thought to be rubber bullets into the crowd. However, SAPS have since stated that stun grenades were the only weapons used against the protesters.” The Twitter for the #RhodesMustFall movement, says that white protesters were called upon to form a shield around black protesters, to hopefully influence police not to beat them. The approach seemed to work. Take a look in the video below…
White allies are asked to move to the front and make a human shield. pic.twitter.com/FschDGUuRS
— VARSITY (@varsitynews) October 20, 2015
Eurweb notes that “no further rubber bullets or stun grenades were fired. Whether or not the police would have used force, had white students not stood in the way, will forever remain a mystery.”
The white students forming a human shield around black students is a smart strategy which demonstrates how white kids are more important.
— Mrs Inana Junghans (@VWolpendz) October 20, 2015
Check out some of the social media commentary on this historic even that the mainstream media is ignoring…
The white born frees who created a human shield to protect their fellow students… We def salute you!
— Amenhotep of Km.t (@MajestyKagiso) October 20, 2015
The White Human Shield… See the things we come up with when we work TOGETHER and not AGAINST one another?
— IG: Hilary_Yam (@PandoraYam1) October 20, 2015
U threatened to shoot the protesters, now that there’s a white human shield u retreat?
— Madam Ratchet (@Rowry_M) October 20, 2015
This HISTORIC MOMENT is not being covered by the mainstream media.
Why is that? Could it be that they LOVE to see BLACK AND WHITE DIVIDED, because they know TOGETHER the police have to deal with THE PEOPLE UNITED!
(Article by M. David and Shante Wooten)