Seems like old times. Back in the 60’s threats of violence against black folks during the Civil Rights Movement, and even during the transition to integration were common. My parent’s house took gunfire at one point during a school desegregation effort. Driven by right wing press, political candidates,, and white supremacist authors popular in conservative media and publications – the white right is back into the threat business. No different than the KKK of old. What gets missed here sometimes is that when you look at a picture of these campu marches, there are a lot of white faces participating, marching, and supporting. What that says the the white right has far, far less power than the media gives them credit for, and like terrorists around the world have to depend on violence as a means to affect the body politic.
Most, but not all, students returned to a Washington state university Monday as police arrested a 19-year-old accused of making racial threats against black students and others on social media that shut down the campus last week.
Western Washington University police in Bellingham arrested the male student on campus and booked him into jail on suspicion of felony malicious harassment. The student has been suspended and banned from campus pending the outcome of legal proceedings and the university’s student conduct process, officials said in a news release.
At a public forum Monday about the racist remarks, one student said she had to force herself to come to the school to speak about the threats.
“Frankly, I’m exhausted. This isn’t an ‘if’ but ‘when they come after you’ situation. I’m upset that Western let it get to this point,” said Lulu Sapigao, adding that students have been saying for a long time that they don’t feel safe on campus. “I’m upset that we’re told to use the buddy system, and that’s the only way that we can maybe have safety.”
Administrators canceled classes last Tuesday, the day before the scheduled Thanksgiving break, after learning about the remarks that included threats of violence against the student body president, who is black.
The university is working with Yik Yak, an anonymous social media platform popular among college students, to turn over the names of the commenters, who posted pictures of the student body president, a gun and references to lynching and nooses. Officials said the student arrested Monday has been linked to a threat posted on the social media platform and that university police are continuing to investigate.
The long stream of posts mentioned almost every ethnic group, including blacks, Muslims, Jews and American Indians, blaming them for an effort on campus to debate changing the university’s mascot, a Viking. The threats came days after several student leaders suggested that the mascot is racist.
Most of the online comments contained racist language and profanity, making fun of the mascot debate and the students who proposed it. One post called black students crying babies and another complimented the school for having an “overtly Aryan” mascot.
At the campus forum, university President Bruce Shepard expressed concern for the student leader targeted specifically. He said he expects the people who posted the comments to likely say they were just trying to be funny and didn’t intend to hurt anybody.
“What we saw posted was merely a more public, and perhaps a bit more extreme, display of what our students of color experience daily,” Shepard said. “There is nothing funny here; these are forms of violence. It is why people understandably walk our campus in fear.”
This from right-wing hate site Brietbart. Notice that the speaker gets the entire situation wrong. Nobody “cancelled a speech” – they cancelled classes because of a death threat. The the wild accusations about being aligned with Muslims, marching with Muslims, and supporting Islamic terrorists. I assume in reaction to the Syrian Refugee situation – which has nothing to do with the current campus movement by students of all colors to remove racism from campus life. “All dem mi-norities look alike!”
Conservatism, which is now synonymous with racism…Makes you stupid.