UPDATE: Black Student Union receives racially charged Tweets

Update story posted Oct. 7, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

A person with the Twitter handle @PatFalcon tweeted racially charged messages at the University’s Black Student Union, suggesting the group was prejudice against white people around 12 a.m. Monday.

The tweets suggested BSU was a hate group targeting whites, said Emily Monago, director of Multicultural Affairs.

Kevin Lewis, president of BSU said its public relations chair was on its Twitter this morning when he noticed the tweets.

Messages read, “Fighting the white man with all my friends” at @BSU_BGSU with the hashtags, #blackpride, #embracethehate. Other tweets read, “Am I the only one excited for the race war?” and “Our goal is to kill all whites.”

The profile photo on the account is a white unidentified male with the twitter handle @patfalcon.

“I have no idea where this came from,” Lewis said. “It came out of nowhere.”

The tweets were in response to tweets from BSU’s account announcing the keynote speaker tonight on diversity.

BSU responded, tweeting at the person, “No one is fighting the white man, our organization is about getting equity for blacks, not getting even with white people.”

The tweets came to the University’s attention after a student submitted a report to the Not In Our Town webpage, Monago.

Not in Our Town is a campaign that was started this past spring to promote diversity and fight intolerance. The campaign began after several students tweeted racially charged messages directed at the black community.

Although the tweets were negative, student reactions were pushing for positivity.

“I was pretty impressed with [students] since we blasted the Not In Our Town hashtag,” Lewis said. “Everyone was reminding that we are not here for acts of intolerance.”

The University responded not only on Twitter, but other social media reaffirming their campaign and its central message of inclusion of all cultures.

Monago’s office, along with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the BSU, responded as soon as they became aware of the messages.

“[We want] to let the community know that Bowling Green State University doesn’t have any multicultural organizations that are hate groups or that promote intolerance,” she said. “We do encourage every student to participate if any group is of interest to them.”

The next step for BSU is to having more presence on campus in order to spread their message of Not In Our Town.

“We already contact University officials and Report It!,” Lewis said. “We want to uniform everyone and we so many organizations and students are supporting us.”

Original story posted Oct. 7, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

A person tweeted racially charged messages at the University’s Black Student Union suggesting the group was prejudice against white people around 12 a.m. Monday.

The tweets suggested BSU was a hate group targeting whites, said Emily Monago, director of Multicultural Affairs.

Messages read, “Fighting the white man with all my friends” at @BSU_BGSU with the hashtags, #blackpride, #embracethehate. Other tweets read, “Am I the only one excited for the race war?,” and “Our goal is to kill all whites.”

The profile photo on the account was a white male.

The BSU responded, tweeting at the person, “No one is fighting the white man, our organization is about getting equity for blacks, not getting even with white people.”

The tweets came to the University’s attention after a student submitted a report to the Not In Our Town’s webpage, Monago.

Not in Our Town is a campaign started to promote diversity and fight intolerance. The campaign began spring semester after a several students tweeted racially charged messages directed at the black community.

The University responded not only on Twitter, but other social media reaffirming their campaign and its central message of inclusion of all cultures.

Monago’s office, along with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the BSU, responded as soon as they became aware of the messages.

“[We want] to let the community know that Bowling Green State University doesn’t have any multicultural organizations that are hate groups or that promote intolerance,” she said. “We do encourage every student to participate if any group is of interest to them.”