Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-21 19:50:34 –
Conway, South Carolina (WBTW) — A student in the Coastal Carolina University Theater program said he boycotted the class until one professor resigned or was dismissed from his position.
Color students expressed concern that they were selected as the leaders of the theater program over the weekend.
In email chains that address these concerns, Dr. Robert Ernest answered. “Sorry, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Ernest wrote. “I’m just sad that people hurt their feelings so easily. And do they go to the theater?”
Protesting students said Dr. Robert Ernest was not racist and denied colored students in his reaction. CCU senior and protest organizer Kellis Elliott said this wasn’t the first time students were admitted that Ernest wasn’t racist.
“My personal reaction to his email was that his thinking process was the reason we were in this climate and the department was a joke,” Herriott said.
Ernest explained this in response to student backlash and requests for comment from News13.
“The current climate of college campuses across the United States makes it very difficult,” Ernest wrote. “As a white man, any small thing you say can be expanded or out of context. My (simple) comment keeps some students away from the other problems they had. I just encouraged them to focus on the task at hand. I said, “And these people want to go to the theater to make a living.” This was interpreted as being said to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Colored) students, but in reality it was directed to all students.
Michelle Garcia was one of the students who protested on Tuesday. Garcia said the students had no choice but to stand up and speak.
“It’s a small incident, but if you let it go, it’s going to get bigger, and because you didn’t stop it from the beginning, no one can protect us, so it’s going to get bigger in a grand plan of things,” Garcia said. “It just keeps snowballing. We are your future. We are your students. We are your children. Do you just want us to feel at ease?”
Heliot said the protests would continue from 9 am to 5 pm until the university and faculty made the necessary changes.
“This is very peaceful,” Herriott said. “We do our homework and continue to work in class because we submit it, but we don’t sit under the leadership of those who don’t support us.”
The university president and chief of staff met with the students on Tuesday afternoon. Jihad Levermore said it was part of the conversation and students were asking for more information from the CCU.
“What’s wrong?” Levermore asked. “If he isn’t fired, what are they going to do to prevent this from happening again, because it really shouldn’t happen again. Not with him, but with anyone else. . ”
Coastal Carolina University has provided a statement to News 13 in response to a request for comment.
“University and Edwards University of Humanities leaders are aware of the complaints made by some of our theater students,” the CCU said in a statement. “We are working to establish the most appropriate path to resolving their concerns.”
Heliot said he hopes that the work the students are doing now will affect the campus and motivate others to oppose insensitivity.
“I hope the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are part of this protest will continue to do this in case something like this happens when we leave this school,” Herriott said. Told.
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