UMD Students Chronicle Racist Campus Experiences with ‘#FearTheTurtle’

May 22, 2017
University of Maryland Campus

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Frustrated University of Maryland students of color shared some of their experiences with racism on the school’s campus using the #FearTheTurtle hashtag after a black Bowie State University student was stabbed and killed on the campus by a white UMD student who’s part of an “Alt Reich: Nation” Facebook group.

The FBI is investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.

The university’s Black Student Union released the following statement.

There have been a number of racially charged incidents over the past few years in which students of color felt that school President Wallace Loh didn’t address with appropriate action.

Let’s look at a timeline of *some of* the other incidents that some students feel Loh could have treated differently.

March 2015

A white member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the school sent out an email that promoted rape culture and also used derogatory terms to describe people of color.

May 2016

University of Maryland police pepper sprayed into a black graduation party.

April 2017

Students in a Terps for Trump group chalked anti-dreamer messages such as “Deport the Dreamers” all over campus.

May 2017

A noose was found hanging in the Phi Kappa Tau located on Fraternity Row.


On Monday, the students’ frustration boiled over to Twitter, where they let the #FearTheTurtle tweets fly.

There are more but I think you get the point.

It’s still to be seen how President Loh addresses this tragedy.

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