AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Students at the University of South Carolina Aiken are rallying to promote unity, after a controversial tweet calling the group Black Lives Matter a joke, was sent out by a student.
A tweet that used racial slurs prompted students on the U.S.C.A. campus to organize a march and tackle racial issues head on.
“Peace, love, and unity. One U-S-C-A,” is the chant dozens of students yelled as they marched through the University of South Carolina’s Aiken campus. The words on the tweet sent shock waves through this student body. Many students saying it was unexpected and hurtful.
“It was disrespectful. She hurt a lot of people,” Freshman Kelsey Madison said.
“It made me feel sad honestly,” Senior Devin Cohen told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “That somebody could really think that way about me, because of my skin color.”
“It kind of threw me off, but then considering what is going on in America at this time…maybe we should approach it head on and try to calm the situation, before it gets out of hand.” Senior Ryan Green said.
Green says in the midst of the racial tension across the nation he felt directly addressing the racial slurs, in the tweet with his peers, was the best approach. Across the campus, students organizations quickly arranged the peaceful protest and silent sit-in as a way to make their voices heard.
“I’m hoping that this shows that we do care. That we do want our voices to be heard,” Cohen said. “We want to basically represent equality. Equality and justice.”
The twitter account from which the tweet originated has been deleted, but the tweet has left a lasting impression on this campus.
“Do you think that if she apologized it would help?” Asked NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.
“To some people it would help, but then to some people it would be like well you already said…you already did the deed,” said Freshman Joy Goodwin.
“I’m not really sure. It’s more of how we are affected and making sure no one else gets slandered against or hurt.” Green told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Students have organized a community forum, open exclusively to students and staff, to talk about these issues.
At this time that student’s tweet is being investigated by the school and an outside agency.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.
AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – USC Aiken officials are investigating an inappropriate tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement that may have come from a student.
The Twitter account has since been deleted, but screenshots show that the tweet said, “Black Lives Matter is a joke.”
The user goes on to say they will blow up a high school in the Columbia area.
USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan released a statement saying an investigation is underway and that it will take time to complete.
Jordan says the university is committed to equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms.
School officials have alerted state and local law enforcement about the tweet.
Students are planning to hold a protest on Monday.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.