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Thu Sep 29, 2016, 06:18 AM Sep 2016

I should point out that this happened at a university in America in 2016.... [View all]


UPDATE: Student in gorilla mask with bananas, nooses charged after Black Lives Matter face-off at ETSU


A barefoot man wearing overalls and a gorilla mask, trying to hand out noose-wrapped bananas to Black Lives Matter demonstrators, was taken away by East Tennessee State University public safety officers Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release from the public safety office, freshman Tristan Rettke was charged with civil rights intimidation. Saying Rettke's actions "go against the values of our university where people come first and all are treated with dignity and respect," the university said the student has been placed on interim suspension. Criminal charges were pending before the local district attorney, and an internal student-conduct investigation was underway.

ETSU President Brian Noland held a press conference in the afternoon to speak out against what he saw Wednesday. And Noland did watch, almost in real time as it happened, via a video on a student's Facebook page.

"I was offended, but I was also saddened," Noland said about his personal response to Rettke's behavior. "The nation is not only raw, but it's healing."

Noland praised the Black Lives Matter demonstrators for their peaceful rally and handling of the disruption. He'd been in contact with many of those students through their academic careers at ETSU and was proud they reacted as such.

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Expulsion should be automatic for this dumbass. NightWatcher Sep 2016 #1
Yup. redwitch Sep 2016 #2
Not automatic. With due process. Let's keep it fair. n/t MrModerate Sep 2016 #3
No Doubt This Guy Was KOTC... global1 Sep 2016 #4
Agreed. sarae Sep 2016 #27
Trump has encouraged and empowered bigots like this The Genealogist Sep 2016 #5
+1, tRump with the media's help of NORMALIZING tRumps racism by NOT calling it what it is uponit7771 Sep 2016 #15
Agree! mountain grammy Sep 2016 #19
He is emboldening this kind of behavior everywhere. smirkymonkey Sep 2016 #40
As a gay man, trust me that I fear he somehow wins in November The Genealogist Sep 2016 #42
God help us. He can't win. He just can't. smirkymonkey Sep 2016 #43
My sister's gay awoke_in_2003 Sep 2016 #44
I'm also an atheist The Genealogist Sep 2016 #45
Did you see this? awoke_in_2003 Sep 2016 #46
Indeed I did The Genealogist Sep 2016 #47
Can you fugging believe this shit? malaise Sep 2016 #6
I think they were willing participants Greybnk48 Sep 2016 #30
Upper East Tennessee OldRedneck Sep 2016 #7
This student is from Hendersonville, Tn, near Nashville. Duppers Sep 2016 #33
This ignorant little racist ought to be used as an example. Paladin Sep 2016 #8
This is the post-racial America conservatives keep touting. Snarkoleptic Sep 2016 #9
Indeed. HRC woefully underestimated the number. Missn-Hitch Sep 2016 #21
It appears that a college education is being wasted on one of these japple Sep 2016 #10
BACK-FIRED!!! Dustlawyer Sep 2016 #11
"Hello- Mom, Dad . . . " NBachers Sep 2016 #12
It's been a long time coming bucolic_frolic Sep 2016 #13
OK, why are most racist NOT proud of who they are... why are they ashamed of being racist!?!? uponit7771 Sep 2016 #14
Wow. Just wow. StrictlyRockers Sep 2016 #16
What a moron. 3catwoman3 Sep 2016 #17
My college, my home town aintitfunny Sep 2016 #18
My aunt and uncle lived there and three of my cousins grew up there. greymattermom Sep 2016 #22
It is very white aintitfunny Sep 2016 #37
Lincoln was WAY too nice. Missn-Hitch Sep 2016 #20
I've often said Lincoln was too merciful. white_wolf Sep 2016 #38
Traitors needed to be treated as such. Missn-Hitch Sep 2016 #39
Tell me again why everyone should go to college. malthaussen Sep 2016 #23
some milennials are deplorables, unfortunately nt geek tragedy Sep 2016 #24
Cringeworthy horror BSdetect Sep 2016 #25
Criminal charges? mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2016 #26
Inciting? ProfessorGAC Sep 2016 #29
The Civil Rights Act of 1968 makes it a crime mythology Sep 2016 #32
racists. spanone Sep 2016 #28
I hope he gets the drugs he needs struggle4progress Sep 2016 #31
Mugshot. edbermac Sep 2016 #34
"Backpfeifengesicht" smirkymonkey Sep 2016 #41
I prefer looking at a real gorilla. Eleanors38 Sep 2016 #48
10000 bail & court date of Nov 9. what a racist fool irisblue Sep 2016 #35
Tennessee. Buckeye_Democrat Sep 2016 #36
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