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News Clips 09/06/2013
Racial Slur On Social Media Sparks Outrage, Goes Viral
Source: WCTV-TV-Ch.6-Tallahassee, 09/05/13
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By Garin Flowers
Twitter and Vine are two social media sites that many students use in all type of ways. The way it was used Wednesday has people outraged...
It was at an event on campus called Market Wednesday where it allegedly occurred. Social media erupted when someone posted quote "Welcome to FAMU, I mean FSU." followed by a phrase that is considered a racial slur.
The account this was posted on has been deactivated but other students took screenshots and having been sharing it on social media. The black student union met with the VP of student affairs, they say the meeting went well and the student is being investigated.
We aren't mentioning the name of the person's social media profiles because we don't have it confirmed that the person listed actually made the comments. We believe she is a student but that also has not been confirmed at this time.
A statement from FSU is below:
This message has been approved by Mary B. Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs, for distribution to all students.
Late yesterday evening an inappropriate social media message regarding students at Florida State University and Florida A & M University was brought to the attention of the University. Florida State has zero tolerance for racist speech, no matter which medium is used to communicate the message. Please be assured that the University is investigating this situation and will take appropriate action within University policy.
Florida State University is proud to be a diverse community with a longstanding tradition of respect for the dignity and worth of each person. We expect each member of our community to embrace the values of civility and ethical conduct and demonstrate respect for others and ourselves. Florida State will host our annual Civility Week September 11-17. Civility Week will provide an opportunity for our University community to discuss relevant issues, like this matter, that impact each of us and the greater community.
For more information on our long-standing tradition of "Uphold the Garnet and Gold," visit http://uphold.fsu.edu.
Best wishes for successful and positive school year.
Mary B. Coburn
Vice President for Student Affairs