On Nov 17 Kean University students engaged in a rally to raise awareness for racial issues. The rally was entirely peaceful and was without incident until the group was informed of some threatening messages aimed at them via Twitter.
These messages included threats to shoot black students and a bomb scare. With an air of panic rising, things had the potential to turn hostile, and the police were notified. The twist? Their resulting investigation found that it was one of the activists who reportedly issued the threats.
24-year old Kayla-Simone McKelvey allegedly left the protest to use a work station in the campus library to create the Twitter account that issued the threats. Following that she returned to the group and notified the group about them. McKelvey will now face one charge of creating a public alarm with the case scheduled to start in two weeks.
In light of the revelation, Kean University issued the following public statement:
As a diverse academic community, we wholeheartedly respect and support activism, however, no cause or issue gives anyone the right to threaten the safety of others. We hope this information will begin to bring a sense of relief and security to the campus community.
This is yet another example of such activists faking racist incidents in a bid to generate sympathy and further their agenda.
In March a trained defense lawyer and activist, Adam Reposa, vandalised property with “exclusively for white people” stickers in downtown Austin, Texas. The stickers contributed to racial tensions in the town and featured the official City of Austin logo. He would later confess to being behind the campaign on Facebook, claiming it was a cultural statement designed to start a debate about gentrification and “systemic racism” in Austin.
This type of stunt was repeated in September when a University of Buffalo art student, Ashley Powell, hung “whites only” signs around the campus as part of what she called an art project. When confronted with the signs, many students claimed they were left traumatised, one even stating a notification should have been issued to prevent triggering. Without a trace of irony, one student is quoted in the campus online publication The Spectrum as having said ““They sent out an alert about a possible gunman on campus so I don’t know why police couldn’t send out an alert about this.”
Most recently Breitbart readers will recall the debunked claims during the Missouri protests that members of the Ku Klux Klan were present on campus. The claims were made by Mizzou Student Body President Payton Head on Facebook when he stated, “The KKK has been confirmed to be sighted on campus,” and that he was “working with the MUPD, the state trooper and the National Guard.”
The resulting lies led to hysteria, with people who weren’t even present claiming that there were “white students… riding round in pickup trucks terrorising black people.”
The police investigation quickly established that there were no elements of the KKK present on campus, and the university issued a statement saying that there was “no immediate threat” to students. A spokesperson for the police also debunked Head’s claims that he was working with the National Guard, stating they had “not been called to assist.”