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LSU responds to Twitter discussion about race Wednesday afternoon

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, February 03 2016 Feb 3, 2016 February 03, 2016 3:40 PM February 03, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The president of LSU responded Wednesday afternoon to a growing social media thread about race and culture at the university.

A Twitter hashtag - a way to group conversations on the social media site - was created for a 1 p.m. discussion. A group called the "Black Student Union" asked people to Tweet their thoughts on university life as an African American at the state's largest college with #BeingBlackatLSU.

F. King Alexander joined the thread about 90 minutes after it started, posting that there were obvious issues that should be addressed since such a thread was created but "having open dialogue as a campus community is the only way to true growth. This conversation gives us a foundation upon which to build."

Hours earlier, organizers on Twitter created the hashtag following a post in a closed Facebook group for current freshman. A student posted asking about a "White Student Union." The post created immediate controversy. A source said the post built to solicit comments for a research paper.

The LSU chapter of the NAACP posted the conversation should make people aware of the issues on campus.

Click HERE to follow the thread.

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