Last week two Facebook pages belonging to the University of Georgia were victims of some pretty racist posts. The user posted the following message to the UGA Black Affairs Council Facebook:
There were also similar posts targeting the LGBT Resource Center and Muslim students. The racist posts prompted a small rally on November 8th, but soon after that rally someone left another racist message on the council’s Facebook page, according to The Red & Black, UGA’s newspaper.
Today, 100 students and faculty members protested in silence in front of UGA’s administrative building.
“We want to make it clear that this isn’t about the Facebook posts, but the climate here on campus,” said Caroline Bailey, president of UGA’s Black Affairs Council. The council and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center were targets of the derogatory posts.
Bill McDonald, Dean of students, stood in alliance with the protesters. “Students and staff … are hurting because of the statements and images that have been portrayed in social media. Many take it personally and feel victimized by that. This gives us a chance to support one another. We’re in a place where many different cultures and identities feel very welcome here,” McDonald said. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t improve.”