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Students respond to BLM protesting on Greene Street

Isabella Jones and a fellow student yell in protest of Jim Gilles' presence on the university’s campus. These students combated remarks made by Jim Gilles, and many students yelled in agreement.

Isabella Jones and a fellow student yell in protest of Jim Gilles' presence on the university’s campus. These students combated remarks made by Jim Gilles, and many students yelled in agreement.

Jim Gilles talks to police about being escorted out after he decided to leave Green Street Friday afternoon. Students cheered behind him as this happened.

Jim Gilles talks to police about being escorted out after he decided to leave Green Street Friday afternoon. Students cheered behind him as this happened.

A student dancing while holding an “’Only justice will bring peace’- Avatar Kyoshi Black Lives Matter” sign.
A student dancing while holding an “’Only justice will bring peace’- Avatar Kyoshi Black Lives Matter” sign.
A student holds a sign that says “UofSC hates racists” while protesting Jim Gilles' presence on Greene Street Friday. This was one of many signs that were created on Greene Street after one person brought supplies.

A student holds a sign that says “UofSC hates racists” while protesting Jim Gilles' presence on Greene Street Friday. This was one of many signs that were created on Greene Street after one person brought supplies.

Students cheer after two white students yelled, “Black lives matter,” out their car window after being told they can’t park outside the gates on Bull Street. 

Students cheer after two white students yelled, “Black lives matter,” out their car window after being told they can’t park outside the gates on Bull Street. 

Jim Gilles preaches to students protesting his presence on Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21.  Police were present across the street.

Jim Gilles preaches to students protesting his presence on Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21.  Police were present across the street.

A student holds up a University of South Carolina face mask in attempt to cover Jim Gilles' “MAGA Fire Fauci” facemask. Jim Gilles took off his mask soon after.

A student holds up a University of South Carolina face mask in attempt to cover Jim Gilles' “MAGA Fire Fauci” facemask. Jim Gilles took off his mask soon after.

Two women make signs to protest Jim Gilles on Greene Street Friday. One person brought posters and markers and a group of students shared materials to create the signs.

Two women make signs to protest Jim Gilles on Greene Street Friday. One person brought posters and markers and a group of students shared materials to create the signs.

 Students celebrate Jim Gilles leaving Greene Street after he preached racist ideas to the student body that protested him. The students sang "na na hey hey kiss him goodbye" by Steam as he left. 

 Students celebrate Jim Gilles leaving Greene Street after he preached racist ideas to the student body that protested him. The students sang "na na hey hey kiss him goodbye" by Steam as he left. 

A staff member at the University of South Carolina hands out markers and paper to allow protesting students to make signs to combat Jim Gilles.

A staff member at the University of South Carolina hands out markers and paper to allow protesting students to make signs to combat Jim Gilles.

Jim Gilles covers his ears while a student with an instrument plays loudly. There were multiple students sporting instruments and playing when Jim Gilles was talking.

Jim Gilles covers his ears while a student with an instrument plays loudly. There were multiple students sporting instruments and playing when Jim Gilles was talking.

Jim Gilles walks away with a police escort after deciding to leave Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21. The students who were there cheered loudly as he left.

Jim Gilles walks away with a police escort after deciding to leave Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21. The students who were there cheered loudly as he left.

Jim Gilles preaches to students protesting his presence on Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21. Pictured is him saying, “I see the intelligence level getting lower and lower,” after a student tried to reason with him.

Jim Gilles preaches to students protesting his presence on Greene Street Friday, Aug. 21. Pictured is him saying, “I see the intelligence level getting lower and lower,” after a student tried to reason with him.

Most of the crowd surrounding Jim Gilles takes a knee while raising their first, the symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement, as a way to protest Jim Gilles and his anit-BLM sign.

Most of the crowd surrounding Jim Gilles takes a knee while raising their first, the symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement, as a way to protest Jim Gilles and his anit-BLM sign.

Jim Gilles preaches to the crowd surrounding him on Greene Street Friday afternoon while he holds up his “BLM are Racist Thugs” sign and is decked out in MAGA gear.

Jim Gilles preaches to the crowd surrounding him on Greene Street Friday afternoon while he holds up his “BLM are Racist Thugs” sign and is decked out in MAGA gear.

A Spice employee danced to the music that was playing before going back into Russell House. The students who were there cheered him on and danced with him.

A Spice employee danced to the music that was playing before going back into Russell House. The students who were there cheered him on and danced with him.