By: Sarah Ames
This week a photo of a USC student writing a racial slur on a white board took the Internet by storm. The University responded by not only suspending the student, but hosting events during the week where students can voice their concerns. This is a week for USC students to unite and discuss their reactions to racism on our campus.
Many think the controversial photo is a call for change that needs to be made at Carolina. One of them is USC student Michael McManus.
“Immediately I was angered, but what I felt most was that change needed to happen at USC," McManus said.
That's the aim this week as the Office of Multicultural Affairs is holding open office hours and other events they call "Unite USC".
Shay Malone is the Director of Multicultural Affairs who says they want to stay in communication with students.
“What we are doing in response to it is making sure we are centrally located, in the Leadership and Service Center," Malone said.
But, she said, it's not a new issue our campus is facing.
“This is something that our campus deals with on a daily basis. Some of our students feel targeted, feel discrimination, feel isolation, that they feel daily in their classroom and on campus," Malone said.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs held a forum Wednesday night in the Russell house ballroom where students openly discussed their concerns with this weeks events. They also say to use the hashtag “unite USC” to show your support.
So where do we go from here? McManus says it's about getting rid of hatred.
“It's time that the school takes a stand on those different types of hatred," he said.
The Multicultural Affairs staff says it's also time to unite USC. Staff members are avaliable from 10 to 3 in the leadership center on the second floor of Russel House. Their office is in the west wing of Russel House. Staff members say their doors are always open for students to openly discuss concerns they may be having on campus.