Black Students Dragged Off Graduation Stage

Black Students Dragged Off Graduation Stage

October 17, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF RACISM AFTER STUDENTS WERE AGGRESSIVELY
AND FORCEFULLY DRAGGED OFFSTAGE DURING THE GRADUATION
CEREMONY. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THIS
VIDEO. OKAY, CAN I JUST SAY I THOUGHT
FOR A SECOND WHEN I FIRST ON THE VIDEO THAT THEY WERE
DANCING. THAT THEY WERE DANCING TOGETHER. I WAS LIKE THE GUY MADE CONTACT
LIKE THAT, ARE THEY DOING THE DO-SEE-DO, WHAT IS GOING ON? BUT THEY WERE LITERALLY
PHYSICALLY DRAGGING THEM OFF THE STAGE. AND YOU CAN SEE IN SOME
OF THE MORE VIOLENT NATURE OF IN THIS NEXT VIDEO THAT I WANT
TO SHOW YOU. YOU HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU
CAN HEAR THE PEOPLE IN THE CROWD REACTING TO IT. LET’S WATCH THAT REALLY QUICK. WOW. JUST REAL QUICK. I KNOW THAT THOSE CEREMONIES CAN
LAST FOREVER, AND THERE ARE 10,000 PEOPLE GRADUATING FROM
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, BUT YOU CANNOT MANHANDLE THEM
AT WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDER TO BE ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT MOMENTS OF THEIR LIFE AND WRESTLED THEM OFF THE
STAGE. THAT IS CRAZY. YOU CANNOT DO THAT TO ANYONE AND
NOW OF COURSE, WITNESSES ARE SAYING THEY DID NOT DO IT TO
THE WHITE STUDENTS, THEY DID TO THE BLACK STUDENTS. JESUS CHRIST, WHAT IF YOU DONE? THEY BASICALLY IMPLEMENTED
THIS POLICY TO SORT OF MOVE THINGS ALONG. BECAUSE THE CEREMONIES CAN LAST
A LONG TIME AND WHAT IS INTERESTING, IT IS LIKE YOU
SAID. WITNESSES SAYS THAT THEY
WEREN’T DOING IT TO THE WHITE STUDENTS. ONE OF THE STUDENT SAID THERE
WAS A WHITE STUDENT WHO DID A BACKFLIP AND HE WASN’T
TOUCHED. HE WAS ALLOWED TO DO
WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. THAT REALLY ALLUDES TO
WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, IS THAT THIS ONLY HAPPENS ONCE FOR
MOST PEOPLE AND THIS IS SUCH A HUGE EVENT IN SO MANY PEOPLE’S
LIVES AND HER FAMILY CAME FROM LONDON AND CAME FROM ALL AROUND
THE COUNTRY TO WATCH HER DO THIS AND SARAH HAVE HER BE ABUSED IN
THE ACT OF HAVING THIS HUGE LIFE EVENTS, IT IS SO SAD. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT
THIS. I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF THE
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA OR DEAN WAS LIKE WE’RE GOING
TO HAVE THIS RANDOM DUDE ON STAGE AND MAKE SURE YOU
ONLY ATTACK BLACK PEOPLE BUT THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH STEREOTYPES
AND DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM. UNFORTUNATELY IT IS IN THE BACK
OF ALMOST ALL OF OUR HEADS, SO WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCEMENT,
IT IS SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT. SO WHY KIDS ARE DOING BACK FLIPS
LEFT AND RIGHT ñ HE DOESN’T THINK TO TACKLE THEM. SO APPARENTLY STROLLING IS PART OF A TRADITION
WHICH I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT. IT IS. IT IS PART OF THE BLACK GREEK
ORGANIZATIONS AND IT’S A CELEBRATORY DANCE. THEY WILL DO IT AT DIFFERENT
EVENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SOMETIMES IT IS IN A LINE, THEY
DO STROLL OFF AND THINGS LIKE THAT. LOOK, I WASN’T IN A
FRATERNITY, I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. I SAT THROUGH INCREDIBLY BORING
CEREMONIES. THE DANCING MAKES IT BETTER, NOT
WORSE. READING THE 10,000 NAMES IS THE
REAL PROBLEM AT HAND. SERIOUSLY. I DON’T THINK THOSE CEREMONIES
ARE THAT BIG OF A DEAL. YOUR KID IS GRADUATING FROM
PRESCHOOL, YOU GOING TO GO NUTS? NO, IF SHE CAN’T GRADUATE FROM
PRESCHOOL WE ARE IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE IS
A MUCH BIGGER DEAL THAN GRADUATING FROM PRESCHOOL. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK
GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE IS A GIANT DEAL AND I KNOW PEOPLE
WHO WERE BROKENHEARTED BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T WALK AND
HEAR THEIR NAME BECAUSE THEY GRADUATED IN THE SPRING
INSTEAD OF THE FALL, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, INSTEAD OF
THE SUMMER AND SO TO RAIN ON THEIR PARADE LIKE THIS, YOU
CAN’T DO THAT. WHAT YOU CAN DO IS SAY HEY,
PLEASE DON’T DANCE. PLEASE MAKE IT QUICK BECAUSE WE HAVE TO
GET THROUGH THIS, BUT YOU CANNOT ENFORCE IT. YOU ARE TACKLING PEOPLE. BY THE WAY, IF THERE WAS NO
RACIAL ANGLE HERE, IT WOULD STILL BE TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. IF YOU WERE TACKLING WHITE
PEOPLE LEFT AND RIGHT, IT IS STILL NOT THE RIGHT THING TO
DO A PEOPLE’S GRADUATION. OF COURSE. YOU SHOULDN’T MANHANDLE
ANYBODY. CAN WE JUST PUT THAT AS A BASE
RULE THAT EVERYBODY FOLLOWS? I THINK THAT IS A BIG COMPONENT
OF IT, THE VIOLENT NATURE, THE AGGRESSIVE NATURE. NOT MANHANDLING PEOPLE’S BODIES
BUT ADDING THE RACE ASPECT ADDS ANOTHER LAYER AND IT IS KIND OF
WHAT YOU WERE GETTING AT, THAT IMPLICIT BIAS IN HOW WE VIEW
BLACK PEOPLE AND HOW A LOT OF BLACK PEOPLE, WHITE PEOPLE
VIEW BLACK PEOPLE AS MORE DANGEROUS, AS NOT HAVING A RIGHT
OVER THEIR OWN BODY, HOW THEY ARE HANDLED. YOU SEE IT WITH
POLICE BRUTALITY AND IN THIS CASE, MUCH LESS VIOLENT SCALE BUT
VIOLENT NONETHELESS. AND IT MIGHT BE JUST US OR
WHO THINKS IF A WHITE PERSON IS DOING IT, AND HE
DOESN’T CONSCIOUSLY THINK THIS, MAYBE HE DOES, BUT WHAT
HAPPENS OFTENTIMES IS SUBCONSCIOUSLY THINK IF A WHITE
PERSON ISDOING IT, THEY ARE FULL OF JOY BECAUSE
THEY’RE GETTING THEIR DIPLOMA. HE SEES A BLACK PERSON AND
THINKS THEY’RE SHOWBOATING. GO AGAIN. THEY TOLD ME TO PUT IN INTO IT,
I’M GOING TO PUT AN END TO IT. IF HE PUNCHED A WHITE GUY,
NOT PUNCH, THAT’S TOO MUCH BUT IF YOU TACKLE THE GUY AS HE DID
WITH THESE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS BACKFLIP I WOULD SAY HEY,
THIS GUY IS OUT OF CONTROL. BUT THERE DOES SEEM TO BE A
SECOND COMPONENT HERE. THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DID
APOLOGIZE AND SAID IT WAS TOO AGGRESSIVE, OUT OF LINE BUT
A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. YOU STOLE THAT MOMENT FROM US,
THAT WAS OUR ONE CHANCE. AND THE FACT THAT HE WAS ON
STAGE AND WITNESSING SOME OF THIS AND DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING
AT THE TIME ALSO SORT OF REINFORCES WHY PEOPLE ARE SO
UPSET ABOUT THIS.