Latina Track Star Refuses To Represent School Until Campus Racist Slanders Are Addressed

Sanjuanita "Sam" Martinez is a senior cross country and track runner at Cornell College. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s comments about Latinos in the U.S. and his campaign proposal to build a wall have awakened the hate of many Republicans across the country, who now think it’s adequate to call Latinos names and make jokes about deportation.

Cornell College, a private liberal arts school in Mount Vernon, Iowa, recently reported racist slanders on campus. According to sources, students at Cornell painted over an ant-immigrant display that read, “Build a wall, make it tall.”

After the incident, Latino students that attend the institution joined forces to deliver a message of courage and strength, “Wall or no wall, we stand tall.”

Cross country and track star, Sanjuanita “Sam” Martinez, decided to take further actions in the matter and announced via social media that was not representing the school at her races until they fixed the situation.

“Just bought a black running jersey because I refuse to wear my Cornell top until Cornell College apologizes,” Martinez wrote on Twitter.

She continued, “And recognizes today’s event as a symbol of racial hare and I feel included, equal, and safe on this campus.”

The Mexican-American student, who is originally from Bowie, Texas, recently addressed the anti-Latino behavior during an interview and added that the graffiti was not the only demonstration of racism Cornell students have experienced in the past couple of months.

“Students were chalking up the college’s sidewalks with messages that read ‘Trump 2016,’ ‘Weak at the border,’ and ‘We have free speech.’” Sam told mitú.

On Friday, the school’s President, Jonathan Brand, called all campus members to a second meeting to finally give answers to the problem. Even though details about the solution were not reveal to the media, Martinez invited everyone to read her first blog entry in which she gives her final answer:

“While I may be very willing to give up a chance to defend my conference championship and my possible return to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships, I’m not ready to let my team down.”

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Janel Saldana

Janel Saldana joined the Latin Times family in March 2015. She graduated from Texas Christian University and UDLAP (Universidad de las Américas Puebla) with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Radio, TV and Film production. After spending years traveling the world and living abroad, Janel decided to settle in New York and call it home. She is most passionate about traveling, entertainment in all its forms and animal advocacy, especially dogs.