WASHINGTON — American University students are calling attention to racist comments they see on social media and demanding the administration do more to encourage sensitivity.

Students launched an online campaign called #TheRealAU. They’re posting screenshots of slurs and even plastered them on the school’s front gates, in hopes that shining a light on racist comments will make them tougher to ignore.

Students have formed a group called TheDarkeningAU to amplify their complaints. Daniel Marks, a senior from Atlanta who says racial tensions have grown in recent years, says they want a mandatory education program to help white and privileged students understand issues that affect people of color.

Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Fanta Aw says the university takes race relations seriously and works with incoming students and faculty.

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