This past week, a small group of student involved with Cru wanted to do something – anything – to address the racial issues that have placed Cal Poly in the national media.
An student leader set up a “go fund me” campaign. Within hours, students had donated several hundred dollars towards the outreach. Thousands of pieces of candy were bought, and attached to a small piece of paper with a small, simple message.
Every day from 11am-12pm in front of the UU and at Dexter Lawn, students and staff interacted with hundreds of students in what they called “free candy from friendly faces.”
Students involved with the Cal Poly Cross Culture Center expressed their appreciation to Cru for their public stand against racism and hatred. Of course, this is just another small step towards living out the gospel in every area of lives. But we are so thankful for the initiative and ownership that students took towards trying to change a campus culture.
The text of the small flyer stated:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King
We stand in unity against the campus’ brokenness. We cry and hurt with you. We unite and give because we care. YOU ARE LOVED. – Cru
Self education episode opportunities to further educates yourself and understand how to be part of positive and lasting change.
- The Liturgists, episode #34. “Black and White: Racism in America”
- “Putting Racism on The Table” podcast series by WRAG.
- christenacleveland.com: “Listening Well As A Person of Privilege – The Complete Series”
- YouTube, Brene Brown on “Empathy”
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Befriend by Scott Sauls