I guess there’s no such thing as freedom of speech with this crowd.
Students listen at a press conference at Traditions Plaza at Carnahan Quad, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri, Nov. 9, 2015. (REUTERS/The Maneater/Elizabeth Loutfi) Students listen at a press conference at Traditions Plaza at Carnahan Quad, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri, Nov. 9, 2015. (REUTERS/The Maneater/Elizabeth Loutfi)
One young student at Georgia Southern University (GSU) is learning the consequences for publicly criticizing the racially-charged protests at the University of Missouri after being fired from her job and having a number of her fellow classmates demand her expulsion.
Emily Faz, a senior at the public university, shared a November 14 Washington Times article on Monday that reported on how some Mizzou protesters and Black Lives Matter activists were upset that the Paris attacks were stealing the media spotlight.
Faz wrote above the link, “I swear if I see this B.S. at Southern I will make you regret even knowing what a movement or a hashtag is, and you’ll walk away with your tail tucked.”
Emily Faz (Facebook picture)
She continued on to say, “The whole black lives matter movement is misguided and out of hand. Maybe no one likes or takes y’all seriously because no one can see past your egotistical bull***t. Some people might just look past it, but fair warning I am not one. All lives matter, that has always been the case, and you part of the problem if you think other wise [sic].”
That post soon went viral at the GSU campus and infuriated some African-American students who took the post as a threat. Responses to Faz’s opinion on Twitter were fierce.
all lives matter is to completely disrespect the fact that black people are tired of being treated as their lives aren’t relevant #emilyfaz
— Antwione Williams (@Antwione37) November 16, 2015
Somebody should’ve warned this #EmilyFaz chick… don’t come for Black GSU unless we send for you ???
— Tamearia (@GreatGrayMatter) November 16, 2015
We gotta find this Emily Faz
— Tony Brizown (@21_ShumpStreet) November 16, 2015
Black Gsu is lit right now , they made shawty a hashtag #EmilyFaz #SouthernNotState #GSU.
— Ed, Edd and Petty (@Delosandro) November 16, 2015
#EmilyFaz gettin police escorts for being RACIST and black people got 0 positive attention from cops in mizzou #whiteprivilege
— han solo (@hhartnessf) November 17, 2015
The GSU NAACP staged a “Black Out, Walk Out” on Tuesday in response to Faz’s post and issued demands to the school.
Those demands included hiring more black professors and expanding the African Studies program. “I think it’s important to know the difference between freedom of speech and a threat, and it seems like when it comes from a white student at this school, that sometimes the line is being blurred because of who it comes from,” KeyAnna Tate, a participant in the walk out, told the Statesboro Herald.
Some of these student activists called for Faz to be expelled and the school president, Jean Bartels, issued a statement on the matter and acknowledged the numerous calls for disciplinary action to be taken against the offending co-ed. Bartels appeared to conclude Faz’s post was protected by the First Amendment and could not result in punishment. However, the young student appears to have lost her job at the local Wild Wing Cafe franchise over the controversy, according to Everything Georgia. Some activists had urged supporters to call the restaurant about Faz prior to her dismissal.