UPDATE 3:15 p.m. EDT: The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People issued a statement condemning the incident, calling it indicative of a "stark reality" that some people, including young people, "wish they were still in Dixie." The NAACP's full statement, delivered by South Carolina NAACP Director Lonnie Randolph, Jr.:
"A recent tweet that shows a student at the University of South Carolina listing the N-word as one of her grievances against the institution brings to mind a famous quote attributed to the French writer Alfonse Karr, 'the more things change, the more they remain the same,'" Randolph said. "In the midst of the positive portrayal of University of South Carolina students over the past several weeks, we once again face a stark reality: even at our highest points as a society there are those among us - including the young - who wish they were still in Dixie. This is why the NAACP cannot compromise, must not relent in its pursuit of dignity, justice, and equality for all people in America."
The University of South Carolina has suspended a student connected to a photograph showing a woman writing a racial slur on the whiteboard in a study room on school property. The photo came to the attention of university officials after originally being spread via Snapchat, a mobile photo-sharing app. The school is investigating the situation.
The photo shows a woman listing “Reasons” why the University of South Carolina Wi-Fi network isn’t to her liking, with “n------” written first. The university did not specify who was suspended over the photo, and it did not confirm the identity of the woman seen writing on the whiteboard below the slur. She was quickly identified by fellow students, and a Twitter account reportedly belonging to her was deleted Friday. The woman received threats because of her actions, according to USA Today.
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“Today, the unfortunate and disappointing act of a student in a study room has challenged the Carolina community to reflect on our values and tell the world what we believe. Respect for all is at the heart of the Carolinian Creed, the code by which we agree to abide. Racist and uncivil rhetoric have no place at the University of South Carolina,” school President Harris Pastides said in a statement Friday.
Before the woman deleted her Twitter account, she responded to one critical tweet by saying she “was not writing all that” and that “this is very misunderstood.” However, she did not elaborate on what was being depicted in the photo, according to Charleston’s WCIV-TV.
The racist photo marks the latest in a string of racially charged incidents at Southern colleges and universities in recent months. In February, a video was released showing members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing a chant including the “N” word about why the frat would never accept black members. Last month, a black student at the University of Virginia was recorded being violently arrested by law-enforcement officers, prompting demonstrations, a lawsuit and an investigation. In addition, nooses were found hanging recently on the campuses of Duke University and the University of Mississippi.