COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A hashtag posted by the Texas A&M Chapter of the NAACP has taken social media by storm.
The hashtag, #RacismAtTAMUFeelsLike, has spread across both Twitter and Facebook with countless shares, retweets and replies.
The A&M NAACP chapter posted the hashtag to start a conversation ahead of NAACP week. But the response was far greater than expected.
"I looked at my phone and I had about a hundred notifications from Twitter alone," said Bryce Randall, the group's president.
Many of the responses were candid.
"Everyone at A&M is part of the Aggie family, and one of the core values is respect. It really hurts me to feel that some people feel disrespected," said student Brant Burns.
"From what I've heard in the statistics, I am 6 percent here but that doesn't really matter to me because it just feels like home," said student Jelicia Hunt. " I haven't experienced any racism. I'm pretty sure that other people have because, you know, there is always going to be an ignorant population in this world."
Other responses offered words of encouragement and even calls to action.
Even though Randall says A&M has made some positive changes when it comes to diversity, he hopes the conversation will inspire change.
"We want to hold students and our university accountable. We don't want Texas A&M to be known as a school that facilitates racism," he said.
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