The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire suspended five members of its football team after they were accused of posting offensive posts on social media. The students ridiculed Black Male Empowerment, a student organization on campus and included a photograph of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning ceremony with the post.
The post that included the photo of the cross burning, read “For all who can’t make the BME meeting, [name of student] and I are holding a WME tonight at 7.” A response said: “Idk why you guys are wasting wood burning a cross tho. Honestly just find someone who doesn’t have the same views as you or looks a little different and burn them.”
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt stated that “some things might blur a line between what’s racist and not racist. But, nothing is more racist and really strikes at the heart of terror, for frankly a lot of our faculty and students on campus, than seeing an image of a burning cross and klansmen standing in the background.”
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire enrolls nearly 11,000 undergraduate students. African Americans are just one percent of the undergraduate student body.