The passionate pleas for humanity were overshadowed by a crowd of 287g supporters who fashioned red, white and blue clothing as they argued against allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in Tulsa.
Oklahoma has surpassed Louisiana to become the incarceration capitol of the world earlier this year. Studies have shown that suspending students out of school leads to negative educational outcome and a higher likelihood of entering the criminal justice system.
OU Senior Hannah Grillot told the OU Daily that she was “deeply disturbed” by Shumate’s termination. She asked why is “the university turning a blind eye toward white men who prey on and endanger students” but swiftly fires a black employee for driving a car home.