Racial injustice at USC
The Daily Gamecock rejects racism and police brutality in all of its many forms, and stands in solidarity with the black lives that continue to face prejudice and aggressions in innumerable ways. Read our editorial.
It’s time for change. Read Garnet & Black managing editor Taylor Jennings-Brown’s letter here.
"My white friends, do you know what it’s like to wonder why you are hated? No, you yourself may not hate me but I am indeed hated. I am hated because of the way that I look. I am hated because of the power within me that is mistaken for aggression. I am hated because my people have been oppressed, degraded, and torn apart at the seams for generations and I demand reparations," she writes.
"The University of South Carolina has not done enough and has not given me the assurance that it will work towards doing enough for its Black students," she writes.
Shortly after the Breonna Taylor verdict was announced, there were rallies nationwide to express disapproval. South Carolinians gathered at the Statehouse and said the police in the case should've been charged with murder.
Julian Williams calls for USC students to challenge themselves to "de-normalize racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, etc." As the new vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, he plans to work with students and administration to make USC a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Read the full feature.
In USC's most recent town hall, Julian Williams said he plans to address diversity on campus in three steps: getting those in marginalized groups to the university, having diverse and inclusive opportunities when they arrive and engaging with Columbia as a whole. Read the full recap here.
During its June 19 meeting, the board of trustees voted unanimously on a resolution to ask the general assembly to rename the Sims residence hall, which is currently named for J. Marion Sims, a USC alumnus who conducted medical experiments on enslaved African American women and children without anesthesia. Read the full meeting recap here.
Sims residence hall falls under the Heritage Act, which forbids public memorials for war, historical figures or events to be removed. The community is calling for the act to be repealed so buildings around campus can be renamed.
Students are leading the charge in demanding change at the university, starting with the renaming of buildings on campus. USC has the potential for change, they say, but needs to become more diverse and inclusive to achieve it. Read more.
Both users and non-users can report hate speech on social media platforms and to the university — here's how.
SGTV & The Daily Gamecock report on local protests:
Hundreds of protestors gathered to protest the murder of George Floyd at Columbia's "I Can't Breathe" rally on May 30. Some protestors marched to the police station, where two police cars were burned. Read The Daily Gamecock's coverage here.
People gathered outside the Statehouse for a “Die-In” on June 1 where protesters laid on the ground for nine minutes and chanted “I can’t breathe,” the last words of George Floyd who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Read more.
Demonstrations in Columbia continued a week later and protestors delivered their demands at the Governor's Mansion and Statehouse. Read The Daily Gamecock's coverage of the June 5 protest here.
Even in our state’s smaller communities, that struggle can be seen through local protest organizing. USC students Walter Wheeler and Desiree Bailey have been leading the fight for change their hometown of Bluffton since their senior year of high school and are now advocating to change the name of Calhoun Street in Bluffton.
USC investigates AAAS Zoom-bombing:
On the night of April 24, the AAAS cookout, held virtually over Zoom, was hacked with racist slurs, images and curse words. Read about the initial incident here.
USC acknowledged the Zoom-bombing quickly, and several statements of support were released on Twitter by administration and student groups. A follow-up call was hosted where Caslen said USCPD was launching a criminal investigation and the IT department was working with Zoom to track down the offenders.
Black students shared their anger and frustration with the situation, especially during an event many considered a "safe space." However, those on the Zoom-bombed call said the support from the community was "very encouraging."
USC closed the Zoom-bombing investigation in July, and an email to students on July 24 said it was "not likely" the individuals who hacked the event were students, and evidence indicated they could be from Europe.
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