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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Hundreds of students marched to the dean of student’s office at UMass Amherst on Thursday to demand change following a number of racist incidents on-campus.

Students marched with a list of changes they would like to see on campus. Some of the them told us enough is enough.

Loud chants including “No Justice, No Peace” were heard from hundreds of students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who marched for justice on Thursday.

“There have been letters, freshman year, COVID years, all the time,” said UMass junior Mac Owusu.

Thursday's march came just weeks after a racist email was sent to Black students on-campus and a whiteboard was defaced with racist graffiti targeting Black students in a residence hall.

“I feel like that shouldn't be going on, especially now that we are in the 21st century, it’s 2021,” Owusu explained.

One student we spoke to said enough is enough and those responsible need to be held accountable.

“We should not be going through this all over again, year after year,” said UMass junior KC Igeobi.

Owusu told Western Mass News that while he has never personally experienced racism on-campus, any message with hatred is a target to all.

“When I see writing on the wall that says KKK or other explicit things, I take that like they are saying it to me. It’s offensive to me,” Owusu noted.

Both incidents are under investigation by a third-party company. We reached out to campus officials regarding today’s march and in a statement, a university spokesperson said:

"The administration has received the NAACP demands, and we will work to ensure that we address them in the most meaningful and effective way possible. Our students (are) deeply engaged in the ongoing fight for social justice and we admire their commitment.’

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