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  • I have several friends of different ethnicity, and honestly, I love them. They love me too.
  • Building self-confidence to protect people’s values and beliefs is an important way of letting the world know that what is occurring is not acceptable.
  • Any little act can show your Syracuse pride as long as you are showing togetherness
  • It isn’t just about holding others accountable, but ourselves as well
  • To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now. -Fred Rodgers-
  • Today is my day to stand up for my community.
  • I have also never felt so close and loved by the Syracuse University community.
  • A handful of individuals disgusting, and disturbing actions cannot bring us all down as a community. That is exactly what they want. We should instead use this time to grow stronger and become an even more cohesive unit that is our Syracuse Family.
  • To truly stop this, we must break down our walls of “us vs. them” and realize that, even if you have not been targeted, this matter still affects you.
  • We are all humans and we are made of the same things.
  • I'm ready to defend the people that may not be comfortable defending themselves.
  • We all can benefit from listening more rather than just speaking all the time without ever hearing a thing
  • Combating hate with love belittles all the people involved in these hate crimes and creates a loving and accepting environment for all.
  • As I think of these issues in regard to the technological industry, I find it so horrid that technology can advance so quickly, effectively and efficiently in the last decade but for some reason, as a society, we seem to be moving BACKWARDS in terms of racism and hatred.
  • I think it is important to instill acceptance, openness and love to children starting from a young age.
  • Racial Acceptance is things we should all recognize as human beings. Together as one!
  • I have extreme pride for this university and love being an orange
  • The point is to support each other and smother the hate with our love
  • Stick together and support our friends
  • The best way to stand up to hatred is by informing the other side.
  • Stand up for what I believe in.
  • I have strong faith in the students. It is up to us to unite and fill this campus with love instead of hate.
  • I want to make an effort to be a shoulder to lean on
  • I feel as though as simple text to let friends know that you are present and there for them can go a long way.
  • The easiest thing to do right now is show basic acts of kindness.
  • I have faith that we will rise from this and grow as a community.
  • Spreading love and happiness can be as easy as smiling at someone you don’t know
  • We learn to read, write, how to do math, but we should also be learning how to be an accepting community.
  • I listen to other people’s stories, and I accept them with an open mind.
  • Love is what we want to spread; spreading love despite our differences.
  • We can’t ignore the hate, but we can stand together against the hate.
  • I’ve been on this earth for 19 years and I still don't understand why there is so much hate in this world. But what I do know is that there is more LOVE than hate and that is what we need.
  • Hanging inspirational words around campus is one way that hatred can be stopped
  • People need to stand together and make an alliance that we are all here together and we will work together to make Syracuse a safe and inclusive community for everyone
  • There is strength and beauty in diversity
  • People need to accept that the world is a melting pot of diversity and it is beautiful.
  • I just don’t understand why someone would work harder to make someone else’s and their own lives harder. How does someone else’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc. affect you? It doesn’t, so why do you care.
  • Right now, everyone needs to show Syracuse pride, because we are Syracuse.
  • If all students could replace some of the negativity in our world, literally or figuratively, I believe it would start a movement based on positivity.
  • To spread love and positivity in times like this, helping people (especially those targeted by these attacks) know that they are not alone in their fear and to highlight their worth when these attacks downgrade them to unimaginable extremes is just a small factor I can play in a larger support system.
  • I think we can all do our part by letting people know that hate is not okay and just be kinder.
  • Showing pride in our individuality, supporting each other, and creating a more positive community are just some of the things we can do to improve our campus into a cohesive community which stands together and promotes tolerance.
  • I know that everyone in our generation is passionate about something and it’s amazing to see. Take action about those issues and we all just might have a little bit better of a time on Earth.
  • Say “NO” to racial discrimination
  • No matter the color of your skin or where you came from, we all stand together during this horrifying time
  • I think we can all find love in our hearts to turn this around.
  • Not one person can fix this issue on their own. However, everyone’s individual voices together can make a huge impact.
  • These problems that have arose have called for the Syracuse community to make change together in order to combat hatred and spread love.
  • Spread kindness and love because right now our world needs that more than ever.
  • We need to come together as a community and better understand one another
  • I wake up in the morning and set a goal of completing at least one act of kindness during the day so that each night when I go to sleep, I know I did my part to spread love.
  • Love is greater than hate
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Small acts will help foster an environment of love, compassion, and caring here on the SU campus.
  • Who needs to hate when you can love?
  • I have a right as a human being to not accept verbal assault just because of my ethnicity
  • I love my school, I love the community, and I love all of the people that it brought me. It is truly my happy place.
  • It’s up to us to change the environment on campus
  • I do think, however, that it is important that we all be more kind, considerate and careful in our day to day interactions.
  • I read a headline the other night on the Daily Orange by a student who said, “They do not want me here.” My heart is breaking for all the students who feel this way
  • I love Syracuse
  • I picked Syracuse and I will continue to pick it.
  • I believe if we come together and choose love instead of hate we can teach, and implement our dreams
  • The amount of pain, confusion, and discomfort that I've felt in the past five days cannot be ignored.
  • Neither the color of your skin nor the belief sector that you identify with should define who we are as people
  • People are not inferior to others because of their skin or whatever else.
  • Be kind
  • Stand up to hate
  • In no such way do I tolerate racism, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, etc
  • Hatred cannot be stopped unless love is spread
  • We might not be able to change the parochial thoughts of some people, but we can still make this planet a better place by doing our parts. Always welcome differences and be grateful for that.
  • I hope Syracuse will be able to come out of this situation as a stronger and more united university and community.
  • No matter what shape, size, color, religion, or gender someone is, he or she deserves to be loved and treated equally
  • As a campus community it is our job now to solidify as ONE. One campus, one community and one force
  • We can and will rise up together and make change happen.
  • If we each do our part, we can get one step closer to making this world an ideal world
  • Once we truly know each other, people will choose to love over hate.
  • There is always room for growth, as you open your mind and your heart, there is always room for more growth
  • Be more loving, accepting, and willing to get to know others that are different than ourselves.
  • Change can only take place if individuals ask what they can do for their society.
  • Listen to, respect, and stand in solidarity with people of color
  • I hope that as a school community we can take these awful experiences with us into the world to promote peace and condemn events like these as we go on in our lives and careers.
  • I must continue to do my part and make it clear that any racist rhetoric is unacceptable.
  • I have strong faith in the students. It is up to us to unite and fill this campus with love instead of hate. I love Syracuse, and it breaks my heart to see how ugly hatred is. I want to feel safe on this campus again, but that won't happen by being passive.
  • Continue to bring awareness
  • Syracuse is no place for hate, it is a place of love and one of my favorite places on this earth.
  • I will continue to spread love and support to all students. I will be an ear for anyone who needs someone to talk to during this difficult time.
  • I should not judge a person for their gender or race but rather the character in which they compose themselves to be.
  • Change your mindset, become an ally, become a friend
  • I have chosen to live a compassionate lifestyle putting others ahead of myself.
  • “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." -Nelson Mandela-
  • I think it is important that we band together and show the few people who started this on our campus that we are stronger together. Their hatred is not welcome on our campus.
  • Always together and nothing can break us apart.
  • No one should ever, ever make religion or race a requirement in picking who or who not to love.
  • We are all equal, no matter from which country you are or which background you have.
  • If we’re all willing to care for our friends and help them when they’re afraid, threatened, or feel unwanted, we’ll be back on the right track. But it takes all of us.
  • I have learned we cannot let this bring us down, we have to use it as fuel to keep fighting, educating, and living to the fullest capacity even if people do not want us to.
  • We can choose to engage in acts of loving kindness.
  • If we stand up to racism within the Syracuse community, other universities around the country can follow in our footsteps.
  • Making the world a better place starts with yourself and starts with building a loving community in which we live.
  • For student like me, who travelled a long journey to study here. We should not be treated like an outsider.
  • We condemn hate speech and welcome students from all walks of life
  • No one is born with prejudice or hate
  • In order to stand up to these heinous acts of hatred, I must first evaluate myself
  • We can be the change for others.
  • I must understand that the diverse community of Syracuse comes from all different walks of life.
  • I can walk with my head held high because Syracuse is part of the reason I am who I am today
  • In life there will always be obstacles you don’t expect, but to always remember to just keep on moving forward and to always keep your eyes open.
  • When it comes to race, there is no pedestal.
  • It’s disheartening to hear the stories of underrepresented groups feeling like they do not belong or feel safe on campus. As a community, we should work towards making them feel welcomed, appreciated and valued.
  • Simple acts of kindness
  • Once we all accept that we are uniquely different and that we are all part of a loving community, then peace will follow.
  • We can choose to be tolerant and open minded to others.
  • We need to come together as a university and start a trend for the entire world to follow
  • We need to show through our actions how to love and teach those who hate that love will always be more powerful.
  • Before you (who discriminate others) hate me, you'd better know me.
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Be there for my peers and explain to those around me that these disgusting acts of hatred have no place in this world and can cause serious harm to society.
  • Love is the most powerful feeling a human body can experience
  • Protect each other and stand together
  • “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” -Fred Rodgers-
  • If one of your friends is unintentionally (or intentionally) being offensive and/or racist, let them know! This is how we learn and grow as a community.
  • “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” -Maya Angelou-
  • I see how strong our student community is, how united we are
  • As young adults and as the future of society, we understand the power of coming together in order to enact change, and that is exactly what is presently occurring on Syracuse’s campus.
  • Before you(who discriminate others) hate me, you'd better know me.
  • Stand in solidarity with our peers that are afraid.
  • Practice love and acceptance
  • We have to hold each other accountable
  • I will continue to respect everyone no matter their race, sexuality, socio-economic level
  • I acknowledge that I have a lot to learn and I am open to discussion so that I can further understand the different people and cultures which now surround me.
  • It’s time to put the human back in humanity
  • The amount of love and kindness that has been spread on campus since the first event has been immeasurable.
  • I am so proud to be a member of a campus and community which stands up to such hate and condemns actions of racism and bigotry.
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