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Students stage walk-out, block streets to protest election

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The protest began with a walk-out at Fisk University on Wednesday afternoon. (WSMV) The protest began with a walk-out at Fisk University on Wednesday afternoon. (WSMV)
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Dozens of students walked out of classes at Fisk University on Wednesday to march through the streets of Nashville to protest the presidential election.

The students left shortly after 2 p.m. They said they are tired of people being discriminated against for their religion, race and economic status.

Around 3 p.m., there were reports that Charlotte Pike in front of the Capitol has been blocked by about 100 protestors. The Metro Transit Authority was detouring buses from the area.

The group sat down at the intersection of Charlotte Pike and 6th Avenue and shouted, “This is what community looks like.” One student was carrying a sign that said, “Not My President.”

The protesters then sat down on Charlotte Avenue at the I-40 on-ramp around 4 p.m.

Student activist Justin Jones, who organized the march, said this is not a protest of Donald Trump, but they are protesting the things the president-elect has said and what he stands for.

They want Trump to denounce those statements.

“This is a pro-justice, anti-bigotry, anti-racism march that as students we’re saying we’re not standing against an individual. We’re standing against the principles he represents, the rhetoric that he spoke,” Jones said. “If he wants to be president, he has to find a way to make amends for what he said about building a wall, about interrogating Muslims and intimidating Muslims. We have people in our community who are crying, who are scared, and so we want him to reconcile those things.”

The students returned to the Fisk University campus around 5 p.m.

The university commented on Wednesday's walk-out on Facebook:

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