Davidson College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in North Carolina, is investigating racist and anti-Semitic tweets that may have come from Davidson students. An activist group connected the Twitter account to Facebook and Instagram accounts of a Davidson student by comparing photos and personal details. However, the college has not yet confirmed if this is true. Screenshots taken by the activist group showed tweets that praised Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan. The Twitter account has since been deleted. Additionally, the Davidson College Sailing Team reportedly has removed two of its students due to connections with the racist tweets.
Davidson College released two tweets on November 8th addressing the issue. The first tweet read, “Davidson College condemns bigotry and racism as antithetical to our values and our mission. We are aware of the information that has understandably raised concern, and the college is on it.”
The second tweet was released about two and a half hours later and read,”We want the Davidson community and families to know that the campus is safe. The situation is being address, and there are no threats to campus. We are a strong community. We, together, stand and will stand against anti-Semitism and bigotry — today and all days.”
The Davidson College Student Government Association also responded to the social media posts via an email to the Davidson student body. “We are all better than this and we have all seen the strength that comes from what makes us different,” the email said. “May we never settle for anything less, and may we never be complicit in complacency.”