According to Clemson University administrators, ‘Harambe references’ have added to the rape culture on campus and is a form of racism. Because of this, Clemson Housing is forcing students to remove all ‘Harambe references’.
The Tiger Town Observer reports:
On Friday, September 23rd, employees acting on behalf of Clemson University Housing and Dining department, sent an email to Resident Advisors (R.A.s) instructing them to inform their freshman to remove all Harambe references from their doors and floor hallways. These must be taken down by September 30th, after which the students may be subject to punishment.
In the email sent to campus Resident Advisors (RAs), Housing officials stated: “If residents are asking why they have to take them down you can share that there was a report from an individual about a meme being offensive and biased in nature and as a result all Harambe references are no longer allowed within our community.”
Read the full email:
Upon learning about the directive by campus administrators, The Tiger Town Observer followed up for clarification.
Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis sent an email attempting to clarify the situation, saying “there have been reports that he (Harambe) and the incident surrounding his death have been used to add to the rape culture as well as being a form of racism.”
Brooks Artis emphasized that they aren’t banning the word ‘Harambe’, but strongly discouraged the usage of it.
“I want to encourage you to think about what you are saying and how someone who may be a different gender, race, culture, or sexuality than you may take the comment.” Artis said in the email above.
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(H/T: The Tiger Town Observer)