Raleigh, N.C. — N.C. State said it is taking a stand against what they call appalling racist comments by two people on social media. One is from a student at the school and the other an incoming student. Neither will be allowed to attend classes going forward.
WRAL spoke with several students who said they were disgusted by the comments made by the two individuals. Many of the students also said the university made the right call.
“I thought they were disgusting,” said Dani Carter, a sophomore at NCSU. “I don’t think anyone should ever say anything like that.”
The racist comments that were made quickly circulated social media, sparking an outrage from students.
“They think that they are expressing their first amendment right and speak and freedom of speech, and I respect that, but it’s not your first amendment right if you’re expressing hatred, bigotry and racism because that’s not what the US stands for and not what NC State stands for,” said NCSU senior Silvana Alfieri.
Last week, NCSU officials were notified of the discriminatory comments and began investigating. On Thursday they tweeted this:
“The university received several reports of racist remarks made by an incoming first-year student, and separately, by an undergraduate student. Neither of these individuals will be attending NC State in the fall.”
“I think it’s a bad thing that we have it in our society, but at the same time, I know that all of it is taught,” said Michael Ivy, an incoming freshman at NCSU. “So, I think that we as a generation need to do a better job leading on the next generation to be better people.”
While many weren’t surprised by the racist remarks, students said they were shocked and happy the university acted as quickly as it did.
“I was surprised to see it,” said Melanie Flowers, the student body president at NCSU. “I think there are a lot of people in the black community at N.C. State who feel reaffirmed that the university values them. No matter how that decision came about, they feel like the university is taking steps to make sure they feel safe on campus and welcome.”
While the university cannot comment on the posts or discuss the investigation, they want students to know they are dedicated to doing what they can to protect and promote a diverse and inclusive campus.
Published at Fri, 12 Jun 2020 03:43:33 +0000