Student: Clemson Let White Students Be Tarred and Feathered for Hate-Crime They Knew Was Hoax

Michael McGrady, The College Fix, June 17, 2016

One Clemson University student says he is very upset at campus leaders for their decision to allow the student body and the nation to wrongly believe that bananas hung from a pole on campus was a hate crime.

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The “racist” bananas prompted student protesters to claim they felt unsafe at Clemson, that it was filled with racism, and that “Clemson does not embrace its students from underrepresented groups.”

Now at least one student, Clayton Warnke, said he believes campus leaders should apologize for their “lie,” he recently told “The Tara Show,” a radio talk show on local station 106.3 WORD.

“I do believe they should apologize,” Warnke said. “Clemson is made up primarily of white students, I think everyone knows that. . . . And our own administration has allowed the reputation of a majority of the student body to be torn to shreds in the public spotlight and has done nothing to stop this.”

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In a nearly 700-word memo to the campus after the sit-in ended, President Jim Clements touted a host of new diversity initiatives, such as mandatory diversity trainings and increasing the number of faculty of color, so that the university could be “a more welcoming, safe and inclusive place for everyone.”

Clemson University, in an emailed statement to The College Fix, said it’s not all bananas.

“The student protests that took place at Sikes Hall were part of ongoing diversity and inclusion concerns and not tied solely to this banner incident,” an official said.

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But evidence shows school leaders knew the true nature of the bananas thanks to recently released emails exchanged between Clemson president Clements and Almeda Jacks, vice president for student affairs, the day the fruit appeared.

“Two students came forward and told [sic] they had done bananas,” Jacks said in an email to president Clements, a copy of which was provided to The College Fix. “Not a criminal charge or a student conduct violation BUT Dean of Students has authority to use as a teachable moment.”

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