Black student activists at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville recently demanded that a pair of white students be expelled for what was billed as a hate crime, which entailed leaving racist notes that included the N-word and other threats to two black students.
A group called Justice for Us launched a Change.org petition advocating for the black students, who are sisters. According to The College Fix, the unidentified sisters were taunted with sticky notes on dorm doors that said, among other things, “DIE B—H” and “BLACK PEOPLE DON’T BELONG.”
It’s unclear how the alleged suspects came to the attention of the activists, but in the Justice for Us petition, they noted, “In no world should someone be able to say “I will lynch you and your sister” and be protected afterwards as of it was not their fault. The two black sisters were left unprotected and hung to dry while the white girl had more escorts than jay-z (sic).”
“This is what being black in American (sic) is but we aren’t letting it happen anymore. It hurt me, it hurt us all!”
More than 1,800 people signed, endorsing the petition’s statement that it was a “matter of emergency” to expel the supposed perps because the sisters “had their lives threatened by some white teens on campus” – whom The Fix identified as Amanda Jerome and Jimmi Thull. A demonstration in support of the victims was organized.
And you likely see where this is going.
As The Fix noted, last Friday campus police arrested Kaliyeha Clark-Mabins, a black female student at the college, who also was identified by the campus newspaper as one of the alleged victims.
She “will be charged with three counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report,” The Fix noted. The charges are low-level felonies. Her motive was not revealed.
The Fix noted that the case even involved the U.S. Secret Service, which was brought in to conduct handwriting analysis.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, university officials told the campus community that Jerome and Thull had been “fully cleared of any involvement.”
“We are saddened by the harm that these students endured because of false accusations,” university administrators said in a statement.
“Although false reporting of racial and bias incidents is isolated and rare, this case should remind every member of our community how important it is to preserve and protect due process and fairness in our procedures and communications.”