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Pacific University students rally in solidarity with Lewis and Clark

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Students at Pacific University held a rally denouncing racism Monday evening, in solidarity with their counterparts at Lewis and Clark College, who are struggling with an attack on a black student over the weekend by three white men.

Nicole George, President of Pacific's Black Student Union, said it was important to come together and fight against racist speech and action.

"If we think of things as isolated events, we’ll never get anywhere.  If we don’t stand together, then we’re not going to win together," said George.

Toward the end of the rally, a small group of students from Lewis and Clark took to the stage, to share their feelings about the events of the past week, which started with racist comments on a social media app.

"We need people, we need help.  This is not a struggle for us alone, this is a problem in general. Everyone needs to participate in this conversation because it affects all of us," said Mahmoud Ahmed, a Lewis and Clark freshman.

 Ahmed said he is friends with the man who was attacked.  He said the attackers not only beat him, but attempted to pour an unknown liquid down his throat, saying, "you're going to die tonight."

Ahmed took issue with the contents of the official police report, which states the attack happened around 9:00 pm Friday night, but was not reported until three hours later.  

Ahmed said his friend told him the attack happened shortly after 12:30 am, and was reported as soon as possible.

Portland Police are investigating the incident.

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