These images included here were removed from my Facebook page
after I posted them. The message I received said it was “because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” It’s frustrating because I really just wanted to share the messages I received this afternoon, but perhaps this is a better forum anyhow because I can provide a little context.
I’m a week into my fourth year as a graduate student at Clemson University. This morning a local paper published a piece on an event
planned for October on campus called “Make Clemson Great Again.” I’m quoted in the piece giving my opinion of the event, which its organizers say is about free speech. The invited speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, is apparently controversial. He is of no concern to me.
In the midst of being tagged and antagonized online about that event I’d also been going about my day, grading papers and getting ready to teach this afternoon. My classes are reading Citizen by Claudia Rankine.
As I do my final check of my phone before class starts I open my email and see:
“+A.D. Carson STOP BE A WHINING FUCKING NIGGER AND SAVE YOUR BULLSHIT….KEEP ON PUSING YOUR FUCKED UP IDEAS…WHITES ARE GETTING SICK OF YOU WHINING MOTHERFUCKERS….NONE OF US WERE ALIVE DURING SLAVERY…..NOW YOU WANT US TO PAY….YOU MOTHERFUCKERS ARE JUST BEGGING FOR SOMETHING THAT WHEN YOU GET IT YA GONNA FIND EXTREMELY UNPALATABLE….”
The next one read:
“+A.D. Carson AND AFTER YOU READ MY POST AND DECIDE OH THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS A RACIST WHITE MOTHERFUCKER….GET IT RIGHT. ..I AM A WHITE RACIST BARBARIAN MOTHERFUCKING VIKING….NO MORE RACIST THAN ANYBODY READING THIS…BUT I WILL ADMIT IT……AND I DONT GIVE A MAD FUCK ABOUT WHAT ANY OF YAS THINK ESPECIALLY YOU WEAK WHITE HATING WHITIE PIECES OF SHIT….AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED YOU FUCKERS HATE THE WHITE MAKE AND
EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WHITE MALE AND OUR CULTURE AND ARE SYSTEMATICALLY TRYING YOUR HARDEST TO DESTROY US….BUT DONT TRIP….LET ME GIVE YOU SOME FACTS AND REALITY…..WHITE MALE LIKE MYSELF BUT FAR LESS VOCAL OUTNUMBER YOU BLM Niggers AND ALL YOUR DISGRACEFUL WHITE HATING WHITES TENFOLD OR MORE….WE ARE BETTER ARMED…..WAY BETTER CONTROLLED….WAY BETTER DISCIPLINED…..WE DONT STAMP UP AND DOWN ON CARS AND BURN DOWN OUR CITIES….WE DONT KILL COPS….OR GET ON TV AND TALK ABOUT KILLING OTHER RACES BABIES……WE DONT WHINE AND BITCH AND MOAN ABOUT INJUSTICE THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO US….WHEN WE SPEAK IT WILL BE LOUD AND CLEAR…..AND LIKE I SAID EARLIER….WHAT YOU ARE BEGGING FOR….YA GONNA WIND UP GETTING IT…..YA NOT GONNA LIKE THE TASTE"
By the time I finished reading it was time to teach. After class I was able to see they were comments left on my “See The Stripes” video
, which highlights some of the unspoken history of Clemson University as it pertains to the institution’s past engagements with slavery, sharecropping, and “convict labor” as well as its founding by and celebration of slave owners, segregationists, and white supremacists.
It may be coincidental that the comments came the same day the article about the free speech event was published. I suppose it matters very little. I’ll just say know it’s all so, so familiar and so, so tired.
This is how I know the school year has started back at Clemson.