- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A march and rally at the University of Michigan offered a show of support to University of Missouri students whose protests led two top administrators to resign.

Students marched Wednesday night in Ann Arbor and gathered at the Diag, the main pedestrian walkway through the University of Michigan’s Central Campus.

It was among a number of protests held in recent days at campuses across the country after the Missouri case brought attention to issues that have been simmering at other schools - including the University of Michigan - for months or longer amid a national discussion of race relations and treatment of blacks in America.

“I can count on my hand how many black students I see every day, that’s how few there are,” said Khalid Bowens who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Michigan.

“In the classroom, many times I may be the only black student,” he said Thursday. “I’m kind of tokenized by the white students who ask me about my black experience.”

Bowens attended Wednesday’s march, which was led by the School of Social Work People Of Color Collective.

The trouble that has plagued the University of Missouri could occur at Michigan, said Bowens, 21.

Most recently, black students at Missouri have been targeted by racist online threats. Michigan’s march and rally also spawned racist tweets Wednesday, Bowens said.

“These are the people we are going to school with - the white students we see every day that look at us as if we don’t belong here,” he said.

Dan Green, 23, also is a black student at Michigan. He is pursuing a master’s degree in social work. He didn’t attend the rally, but he supports the efforts by Missouri students to bring positive change there, even if it meant the university system president’s job.

President Tim Wolfe resigned abruptly Monday, followed hours later by R. Bowen Loftin, the chancellor of the Columbia campus.

“I feel like that’s just how the cards fell,” Green said. “If he had supported the students, he still would be in his position. It’s a situation he created. It’s unfair to put it just on the students and that it’s their fault.”

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