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Clemson students march on campus after banner incident

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A photo of the defaced banner (Source: Instagram) A photo of the defaced banner (Source: Instagram)
Students gather at Fort Hill ahead of Wednesday's march (FOX Carolina/ April 13, 2016) Students gather at Fort Hill ahead of Wednesday's march (FOX Carolina/ April 13, 2016)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A group of students held a rally and march Wednesday at Clemson University after a banner highlighting the African American history of a plantation house on campus was defaced earlier in the week.

University officials said two people admitted to hanging bananas from the sign.

Below is a portion of a GoogleDoc published about the walk, which is being referenced on social media using the hashtag #StudentBlackOut.

“The recent hanging of a bananas from an “African-Americans at Fort Hill” sign in front of the Fort Hill Plantation House on Clemson University's campus reminds us, as members of the Clemson University community, that we are dealing with issues here at Clemson that are not much different from those many other students are dealing with across the world.We do not plan to sit silently and endure injustice with bowed heads and slumped shoulders. This incident is not an isolated occurrence at Clemson. In recent years we have experienced events that have caused students to speak out, such as the hanging of the Confederate flag in front of Old Main (which is still named in honor of the racist murderer Benjamin Tillman) in July 2015 and the Cripmas Party in December of 2014, which was revealed to be a yearly tradition that hadn’t stopped since the Blackface party in 2007.”

Clemson University President Jim Clements addressed the group of students before their march began at Fort Hill Wednesday afternoon.

Clements spoke about the banner incident.

"This was hurtful for all of us, myself included," Clements said.

Clements spoke about rallying together to figure out how to move ahead and grow together

"We want to make this university a more inclusive and supportive place."

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