Apparently this was done as a means of showing an alleged high suicide rate among gays students, or in today’s parlance, LBGTQBBQBLT students. So it’s not a hate crime for a gay student to hang rainbow colored nooses. Usually the fake noose hangings are done by black students. Whatever, everything’s a problem.
A display of six colored nooses found Monday, and the perceived hate crime they symbolized, caused many at Austin Peay State University to be concerned for their welfare.
But while many saw the yarn nooses as a threat to both African-American and LGBTQ students on campus, as well as offensive to those dealing with PTSD and suicidal thoughts, an investigation revealed Tuesday that the installation was an art project for a sculpture class that had not gone through the full approval process.
“We are all out of comfort zone on this one,” Dr. Alisa White, Austin Peay’s president, said. “In this particular situation, our process failed.”
The student will not receive disciplinary action for the project that was “meant to address the cycle of death and rebirth that is represented by the arrival of spring,” said the student in question via a written statement read at a forum APSU held Tuesday afternoon.
The name of the student has not been released.
There apparently is no straight white male conservative student to pin this on, so can we just move along and use this as a teachable moment?
Campus police received a call about the nooses at 5 p.m. Monday and proceeded to try and determine if it was a sanctioned art project. The six nooses made of crocheted yarn in different colors were removed 45 minutes later when it was determined that it was in the best interest of safety and public welfare, university spokesman Bill Persinger said during the forum.
Both the student and the art department chairman were supportive of the removal of the art project.
“There was no context give. No explanation. Obviously, that changes when someone clearly communicates what is art,” said Derek van der Merwe, vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives. “I think the police were very clear they didn’t understand if it was art or not art. And based upon that, it has to be viewed as a hate symbol and removed.”
Van der Merwe said if some context had been provided for the project, it would have been subject to review to determine if it was appropriate for that time and place, instead of immediately being taken down.
The jokes just write themselves:
Davenport said this is a teachable moment and will specifically be used to fill diversity needs on campus.
“Education is a component. Education is key,” Davenport said. “Unfortunately racism and sexism and all the other isms, they are alive and well. They are not going to go away. The only thing we can do is try to educate the individuals the best that we can and say ‘Hey, this is what it is.’ ”
If all these -isms are alive and well, where are any actual examples of them that aren’t total fabrications?