There were hundreds of people packed into a Marco Rubio event on Sunday in Bedford, New Hampshire. Three of them were black.
They immediately attracted the attention of Rubio’s campaign staff.
Taisha Henry and Ugonma Ubani-Ebere, graduate students in journalism at NYU, attended the event with their professor Yvonne Latty. The three women, who are African American, had been in New Hampshire since Friday as part of group of students and faculty reporting on the primary for a class project. They were hoping to film the event.
1) there were only 3 blacks including me and #nyu_journalismstudents among hundreds of white people at #Rubio townhall. Hassles began fast.
As soon as Henry and Uban-Ebere started setting up their cameras, however, a staffer told them they could not film because they did not have press credentials. The two women put their cameras away. Moments later, they were approached again by Rubio’s staff and told not to shoot video, even though they had already put their equipment away.
But they continued to attract the attention of Rubio’s staff.“[T]hen they were stared at and then they were approached again and it created this really tense atmosphere,” Latty, their professor, told ThinkProgress. Meanwhile, “another student in my class who is a white male had his camera on a tripod on a riser without a press pass.”
The incident left the two students shaken and, eventually, in tears. “It was a really horrible experience. Really horrible,” Latty said. “To be singled out that way while you are standing next to your white classmates. Repeatedly. They weren’t even doing anything.”
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