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If your name ever becomes a trending Twitter hashtag, you will soon be given the key to the city or asked to leave town.
Such is the case for Georgia Southern student Emily Faz, who dared criticize the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a Facebook post.
I can’t link to her Facebook post because I can’t find it. She probably took her profile offline until the heat simmers down. And is Faz really her last name? I have doubts.
Still, a screengrab of the alleged Facebook post by the alleged Faz is circulating the interwebs.
In it, the Statesboro senior posted a link to a Washington Times article with the headline “Mizzou protestors, Black Lives Matter complain Paris attacks stole their headlines.”
Her accompanying comment said “I swear if I ever see this BS at Southern, I’ll make you regret even knowing what a movement or hastag is, and you’ll walk away with your tail tucked. This whole black lives matter movement is misguided and out of hand. Maybe no one likes or takes y’all seriously because no one can get past your egotistical bulls**t. Some people might look past it, but fair warning I’m not one. All lives matter, that has always been the case, and you are part of the problem if you think other wise.”
Some in the #BlackLivesMatter camp took the statement to be a real threat of violence against black students.
“We gotta find this Emily Faz,” said one Twitter user, who presumably wished to engage in lively debate.
“Black Gsu is lit right now, they made shawty a hashtag,” wrote another.
Student members of the Georgia Southern University NAACP chapter staged a walkout Tuesday. “This is not necessarily in response to the comments the young lady made it’s to show that the black student population does matter,” said NAACP 2nd Vice President Jamar Boyd.
During the social media firefight, Faz’s telephone number and work location were posted online.
The Washington Times reports she was fired from a Statesboro hot wings restaurant but there’s no quote from her or her employer confirming it. The cited source of this detail doesn’t provide strong evidence either.
Some say the restaurant has no right to fire Faz for exercising free speech, but those people are clearly wrong.
Georgia Southern Interim President Dr. Jean Bartles released a statement Tuesday evening that confirmed Americans have the right to free speech, not matter how much trouble it causes.
Bartels, who probably wishes this hadn’t happened while the word “interim” is still in her title, offered up the following wisdom: “I call upon all of you to do the following things: listen to each other, respect each other, and treat each other with dignity and concern.”