The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus took an emotional hit this week when several of their junior football players sent racist messages to fellow students via Snapchat.
The messages were composed by several of UW-EC’s leading junior football players, and they were directed toward the campus’ Black Men Empowerment group.
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It’s unclear how many messages were sent via Snapchat, but one proved to be more bothersome than the rest. Screenshots were taken and then circulated before the Snapchat message could disappear from the platform.
This led to the involved football players’ actions being investigated.
In the image now circulating on the news and via social media channels, there is a burning cross at the forefront with Ku Klux Klan members in the background.
It’s important to note, the football players not only targeted the Black Men Empowerment group. They also referenced a White Men Empowerment group equated in the picture to the KKK.
Written at the top of the image is:
“For all who can’t make the BME meeting, [another student] and I are holding WME tonight at 7.”
Once campus officials were made aware of the situation, Chancellor James Schmidt shared his thoughts and next steps on the matter in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.
“Blugolds, today a thread of racist messages that included a photograph of a burning cross was used to target members of the [Black Men Empowerment] group. Our campus will not tolerate this racist action. I have asked the Dean of Students Office to investigate and take appropriate action.”
Blugolds, today a thread of racist messages that included a photograph of a burning cross was used to target members of the @BMEMPOWERMENT group. Our campus will not tolerate this racist action. I have asked the Dean of Students Office to investigate and take appropriate action.
— Chancellor Jim (@ChancellorJim) November 19, 2019
Despite the Chancellor’s quick reply to the matter, the tweet was largely met with skepticism from campus members and Twitter followers alike.
They wanted to see steps taken immediately, rather than holding out for an investigation.