Racists are getting harder and harder to come by, so what’s a good social justice warrior to do? Create a hoax.
USA Today reported that the culprits behind a racist drawing in Salisbury University’s library, featuring the image of a lynching accompanied by a racial slur and the hashtag “white power,” were, in fact, black.
University spokesman Richard Culver admitted the students’ race on Tuesday, but would not provide names, claiming the students were protected under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Police were involved in the initial investigation, but have since turned the case over to the university to determine disciplinary actions.
“Regardless of who created the drawing, we find such actions demeaning to all members of the campus community and against our core values,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dane Foust in a statement.
Unfortunately, rather than seeing the incident as an attempt to create racism on campus where it didn’t exist, most of the staff and students are treating it as a prank gone wrong and demanding greater diversity.
“Diversity is a core value of SU, and reports of such acts are taken seriously,” University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach wrote in a letter to students and faculty. “The university will not tolerate this kind of language or behavior.”
The student population at Salisbury University is 25 percent minorities, and racial tensions were running high long before the latest incident.
African American students held a walkout last November, demanding “greater understanding of the black experience,” and claimed they were being subconsciously oppressed.
Student leaders used the drawing as evidence that there is “more work to be done.”
Obviously the education at Salisbury does not include critical thinking. The school’s administration should realize that by attempting to appease minority students’ claims of phantom racism and victimhood, they have validated the actions of these black students to create a racial hoax.
Nothing is their fault, everyone else is to blame, and any hoax is part of a greater conversation when you flirt with social justice warriors.