By Kamau High, AFRO Managing Editor, [email protected]
A recent Kent State University graduate is claiming that she is a victim of racism after a photo of her posing with an AR-10 gun on campus went viral.
Kaitlin Marie posted the photo on May 13. The picture, taken from the back, shows her in white dress with an AR-10 slung across her back. On her Mortarboard the words “Come and take it” are written around the outline of what appears to an AR-10.
Twitter users were outraged over the juxtaposition of the gun on a campus that experienced the shooting of an unarmed student by the Ohio National Guard in 1970. In addition, many pointed out that if a Black student posed on campus with an AR-10 the results would have been different.
On May 17 Marie went on Fox News to talk about the photo. That is when things escalated quickly. Asked about the reaction she received to posting the photo she told Fox News, “I was not expecting the blatant racism that’s been thrown at me. The outright death threats.”
Obviously, no one should receive death threats. But even the Fox News host was thrown off by her claim to be a victim of racism.
“So they’re saying that I have White privilege for going out on campus with my AR-10. They are saying that this all has to do about with me being White that I was able to do this. I think that’s very insulting to minorities.”
As one Twitter user put it, “So she thinks a black student could easily carry the same weapon on campus when blacks can’t sleep in the common room, bbq in the park, wait at the Starbucks, on and on?”
Watch the video below.
Former TPUSA activist who is a guest on Fox & Friends: “I was not expecting the blatant racism that’s been thrown at me.”
Doocy: “What kind of racism??”
Guest: “They’re saying I have white privilege” pic.twitter.com/XulEiEqxGN
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) May 17, 2018