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Citadel KKK Scandal

MULTIPLE STUDENTS FACING SUSPENSION … A government-funded military college in South Carolina is staring down a major scandal after several of its students – well, cadets – were photographed wearing white hoods reminiscent of those once donned by the Ku Klux Klan. The scandal went down at The Citadel, a state-supported college…

MULTIPLE STUDENTS FACING SUSPENSION …

A government-funded military college in South Carolina is staring down a major scandal after several of its students – well, cadets – were photographed wearing white hoods reminiscent of those once donned by the Ku Klux Klan.

The scandal went down at The Citadel, a state-supported college that happens to be a popular spot for “Republican” presidential candidates who want to appear tough on foreign policy as they court early-voting South Carolinians.

Pictures of cadets wearing their white hoods first appeared on social media this week … and quickly spread to local media outlets.

School leaders say they have already launched an investigation into the incident – and identified those responsible.  Suspensions have already been doled out to at least seven students.  School officials are also providing some context for the images – saying they were taken during a skit inside one of the school’s barracks in which the “Ghosts of Christmas Past” were being celebrated.

“A social media posting, which I find offensive and disturbing, was brought to my attention this morning. It shows an upper class cadet in front of seven cadets with pillowcases over their heads,” lieutenant general John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel said in a statement. “In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings for those cadets known to be involved, and we are continuing to investigate this incident. Preliminary reports are cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit. These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect.”

The images were reportedly taken from a video clip uploaded to Snapchat, an app that allows for users to send text and picture messages discreetly.  A woman saw the clip on Snapchat and apparently uploaded screen caps from it to her social media page.

Apoplexy ensued …

The Citadel is located in Charleston, S.C., the site of a white supremacist mass murder in June that left nine blacks – including a State Senator – dead.  The clip comes as KKK membership in the state is said to be surging.

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97 comments

shifty henry December 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

OK, so the Citadel Administration does not recognize the existence of “Ghosts” …. just heard a rumor that Walmart has donated girls’ panties to the administrative staff?

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Sic Semper Tyrannis December 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Are they used ?

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shifty henry December 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Yes, but used only by self-rejuvenating virgins.

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idcydm December 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Did you notice how they are hiding their faces with the music?

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Crooner December 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Hard to read through eyeholes.

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Crooner December 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Gee, those are the same core values Richard Anderson talks about on every Delta flight.

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cin q December 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

They should be hanged by the neck until dead from the tallest tree on campus.

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Stickler Vertango December 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Seems harmless yet stupid.The ‘white’ hoods will outrage liberals yet those ‘black’ hoods Muslims wear before they chop off the heads of Christians don’t bother em a bit.

In fact liberals want em all as refugees and citizens.

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Shell December 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

White hoods should offend all good people! Do you understand the horrors people who wore white sheets did? What if the situation was reversed? Woukd you be a fan of this? Do you know how many blacks died seeing white hoods as the last thing they saw before they died.
You stupid, stupid people!

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Rob December 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm

15/19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi. Why arent you whining about the 62,000 Saudis we’ve allowed into the country since that attack? Why bitch abt the Syrians? Oh, the black hood.

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Birthers For Cruz December 13, 2015 at 11:04 am

Typical Republican.

Anytime a Racist act happens?

Change the subject.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

My buddy at the Citadel says they (faculty and staff) are running on egg shells to the nearest exit in order to distance themselves from this one. you might get away with the “…ghosts from the past…” defense if their little white “pillowcase with eye holes” hats weren’t so pointy. http://s16.postimg.org/zdb90d6ad/kluxers.jpg

Personally I think they look more like sperm from the past…

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jimlewisowb December 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Colonel, I am not sure but I do believe your posting of the above link is in violation of something, somewhere, sometime, somehow

You may want to spend a few weeks down in Chile until things cool down

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

In my defense, I was just comparing their little white “pillowcase with eye holes” hats. (Besides, a colonel never runs from a fight – generally his knees are trashed to the point where all he can do is sort of shuffle away)

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Rocky Verdad December 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Yeah, but Chile would be nice for a Christmas break.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Sí, Chile estaría bien en Navidad

kkollwitz December 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Appropriate use of the subjunctive.

Rocky Verdad December 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

And they’ve landed in the Hand of Justice.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Buford T.?

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Quietus December 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

He’s going to BBQ their asses in molasses.

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jimlewisowb December 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm

College “incident” leaves SWNPCS (student with no politically correct status) student dead on a pile of rocks at the base of a bridge and months later nothing, absolutely nothing, has been done by College Administration

College “incident” that causes no one to die, but a lot of people did let out a chuckle or two, results in College Administration swooping down in Huey gunships killing seven or more cadets’ careers before Al Sharpton can catch the red eye to Charleston

Welcome to College Life in South Carolina – life is cheap, but if you fuck around with Politically Correctness then your ass is going to pay one helluva price

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Stickler Vertango December 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Well stated,sir.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Excellent point.

While we’re on the subject, we still haven’t heard the final story on Michael Joseph Allen up at Clemson. http://wspa.com/2015/12/01/sled-at-scene-of-death-at-memorial-stadium-in-clemson/

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E Norma Scok December 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm

SLED still is investigating, but it will turn out to be a suicide.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Sadly,I think you’re right.

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CNSYD December 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm

But it didn’t stop your Folks copy cat implication as concerns Clemson.

The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

People don’t normally fall from stadiums, I’ve taught at three large universities for the last sixteen years and have never heard of it happening before, in fact, I googled it and the only one I found was the Clemson/Allen mishap. They’re not even that common at pro stadiums. Particularly when the stadium was closed.

CNSYD December 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

and your point is?

The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Sad event but very odd circumstances.
It’s been more than a week with nothing but “…no foul play…” as the only comment.
We had a young lady jump to her death from a dorm tower in Charlotte in 2007. The university was very quick to ID it as suicide and put services in place to assist affected students.

Bill Smith December 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm

And his BAC was…..?

The Colonel (R) December 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Yet another reason to put the facts out there. If it wasn’t a suicide, it should be a cautionary tale.

JohnQ December 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

They deserve to get fucked for life if they are that stupid. We sure don’t need people like them in the military or law enforcement. If this keeps them out for life this is good thing.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Freshmen are regularly screwed with by upper-classmen. It is an old tradition at The Citadel. If they felt that this (albeit a bit weird) skit was in keeping with their Knobly duties, I can see them falling in line with it. It appears the skit genuinely was in keeping with a “Ghosts Of Christmas” theme, with nothing about The Klan, lynching Blacks, or like stuff being a part of it.

As such, should someone REALLY lose their career path over something like this? Are there people out there who are REALLY that Goddamn fucking stupid as to believe that?

Don’t answer that question. You already did.

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Clarence Boddicker December 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Those sure are some spooky ghosts. They would’ve been scarier and there would be no scandal had they sported the black ISIS masks.

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boo December 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

If they showed up at your door on Halloween, would think ghosts or KKK?

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jimlewisowb December 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

My first thought and response would be one in the same:

Fellas, I believe you have the wrong house, Mr. Jackson lives two doors down

Y’all have a nice evening, sure enough

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nitrat December 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

You sound like Ben directing the robber to the cashier.

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Shell December 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm

These people are ignorant. You can’t even engage with uneducated, bigoted people.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm Reply
The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

I’d think they were to freaking old to be trick or treating.

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Will Mustchump December 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Sure scared chickenshit outa the shamecocks…

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Bible Thumper December 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Lieutenant general John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel said in a statement. “In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings for those cadets known to be involved in any celebration of Christmas. These Christian events are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect.”

Developing …

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nitrat December 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm

If Rosa wants to clean up the Citadel, he needs to get rid of GOP bundler and ‘professor’ Mallory Factor.
Rosa’s been through the right wing extremist takeover of the Air Force Academy by the anti-Semitic fundamentalist movement, he should have known to throw Factor out years ago. Who protects Factor ?

Factor’s self-written resume at Wikipedia has exploded since the last time I checked it. Less than 2 years, his ONLY educational experience was a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Now he shows this: “Factor is a visiting professor at the University of Oxford[9] and the University of Cambridge,[10][11] and the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.[12] He held adjunct professorships at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University from 1992 to 1996, and at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions at the New School for Social Research from 1985 to 1992.”

…with a bachelor’s degree in biology!!!

God save South Carolina from the goddamned carpetbaggers!

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Cadet Mic December 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Pretty impressive resume.

Post yours, big mouth loser?

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nitrat December 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Is that you, carpetbagger scum?

All resume’s are impressive when you make them up.

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shifty henry December 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

THIS JUST IN —- The Citadel will replace all of the white pillow cases with Gamecock Garnet and Black ones.

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Rocky Verdad December 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

No, photo imprinted of hot chicks at College of Charleston. Like those old Farah Faucet pillow cases.

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Nölff December 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Since most people say something racist immediately after saying “I’m
not racist, but…”, I wonder if guys in the Klu Klux Clan do the
opposite; with the prefix “I’m racist, but…” followed by something NOT
racist.

Example: “I’m racist, but LaQuasha is a very beautiful and intelligent woman.”

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Expulsion December 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Whoever thought this was a good idea deserves to be expelled, not over concerns of racism, but over concerns that they aren’t intelligent enough for collegiate level learning.

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Crooner December 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

They just can’t haze like they used to.

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Cadet Thaddeus Viers December 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

I thought The Citadel was a founding chapter of the KKK, no?

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Speak D Truth December 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

No. The democratic party formed the KKK.

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Krazy Kat December 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Those are indeed ghosts of Christmas past.
You can’t tell me that not one of them looked around and said “hey guys, ah, this looks kinda strange. Maybe we should rethink this and come back with something else.”

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Mom December 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm

C’on people. These boys are not the best and the brightest. Furthermore, The Citadel is not a real military school. If they were the best and the brightest seeking a military career, they would get into Westpoint, The Naval Academy or The Air Force Academy. The Citadel is a great place to send boys who come out of high school with mediocre grades and mediocre SAT scores. They will tell you themselves the reason they are going to the Citadel is to learn self-discipline.
Needless to say, this generation knows very little about the KKK compared to my generation. So much so that dressing up like KKK members would barely cross their minds, given their poor knowledge of History. Give these boys a break. They were just doing a Christmas skit. PERIOD.
Don’t ruin a kids life over this.

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nitrat December 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm

That bald guy looks old enough to have learned about the KKK even if The Citadel is not teaching real history.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm

The bald guy has been identified as a senior cadet.

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kkk December 10, 2015 at 5:37 pm

BULLSHIT!

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt December 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Surely you jest.

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Mom December 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm

So do you think these boys actually said, “Hey let’s dress up like KKK members and then have our pix taken” ?

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JohnQ December 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Golly, why would you think someone posing for a photo wearing pillow cases with eye holes cut in them at a college that still flies a confederate flag in its chapel would be racists. I just can’t believe such a thing could happen in South Carolina. *rolls eyes*

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Birthers For Cruz December 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

She’s a Republican.

Nuff said.

CorruptionInColumbia December 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm

So, you see racists and The Klan in everything and everywhere you go? Damn, I bet you hit the floor and go into a fetal position when you pass the marshmallows in a grocery store or the bed linens in a drygoods store.

Will December 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Would the conversation be the same if they were dressed up in Third Reich attire during Hankuh?

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CorruptionInColumbia December 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm

So, they were doing a skit about Christmas ghosts and by appearances (music sheets) they were. Because some fucktard out there somewhere could conceivably twist this into something to be offended by, suspensions are handed out ASAP. What absolute fucking stupidity!!!! Someone please fire the idiots in charge of discipline at the Citadel RIGHT NOW!!!!

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Little Soldier Boys December 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

It looks like some homosexual stuff. They don’t call them knobs for nothing.

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Typical December 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Reading the comments here backs up every single negative bumpkin racist stereotype given to South Carolina. Thanks assholes.

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Speak D Truth December 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

It was probably knobs wearing the hoods. The upperclassmen that thought this was a good idea should be sterilized so they don’t pass the stupidity gene on to others.

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John John December 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Why are adults fascinated (obsessed) with what young, testosterone filled men do in their dumbest moments.

Had I been there I would have given them hell, but as a faraway reader of a blog what the hell difference dose it make!

Let people be stupid, drunk and offensive. It is called freedom.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm

The senior in the picture (fat bald guy in blue) could be an officer in the military come May (or since it’s the Citadel, he may be asking “…will you have fries with that…”)

This is a stupid prank obviously but it isn’t funny and every one of those young men are enrolled in ROTC courses that explain in detail why you don’t do stupid shit like this so ignorance, while obviously present, is no excuse.

It’s clear other upperclassmen were present, if they coerced the “carolers” into this little ding along that presents another problem, a crime in this state known as hazing, a crime under SC Code, section 59-101-200.

But other than those the reasons, they’re free to act as ignorant as they want.

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Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Don’t these idiots know that social media exists, and that dumb-ass sitting there snapping pictures with his phone will be posting them online within the hour?

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

But, but, but it was Snapchat, they can’t save the pictures…

Only they can. Dumb asses.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt December 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

For all the grandiose proclamations about how the south and specifically S.C. has “grown up” and all racism is dead and gone….”Hey ya’ll, look at Nikki Haley and Tim Scott…”…you get this.

Newsflash, racism is not only alive and well in S.C. it’s flourishing. Yet, defenders of racism come on these boards day after day and decry political correctness.

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The Colonel (R) December 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

“…alive and well in S.C. it’s flourishing…

Not even in these half wits minds.

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Ken December 11, 2015 at 5:52 am

We still have idiots. And you sir, are a price among them.

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Philip Branton December 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Hmm…….excellent example of Informational war fare tactics and mass media Psychological info ops…!! Just imagine how these tactics can be used to get the members of ISIS to do actions similar to these that will get them expelled out of ISIS and thrown off a building…!!

Matter of fact…..these fine cadets should all get a medal for coming up with such a great Psyops social media dynamic event and having the guts to do it without the leaderships approval…!!

God…..General Patton would be proud….!!!

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Scooter December 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm

And I thought Fits only printed chit on Clemson. Will Folks is full of it.

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Maxie December 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

From post and Courier:
“I think it was stupid,” an African-American sophomore leaving the fieldhouse said of the cadets who had pillowcases over their heads. He declined to give the newspaper his name.
Yes, it was stupid, but not a life changing event.

A kid can shoot someone and there is little comment. Be stupid and they want to ruin your life.

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Will December 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Yea the student said it was stupid because he has become desensitized to things of this nature happening in South Carolina.

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Rob December 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Your post was stupid but we wish you well.

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James December 11, 2015 at 2:12 am

F they were Muslim supporting ISIS. This would be ok or Any other race expressing their views it would be ok. But they are white Christian it is wrong. Why? I thought America was for ALL! Can your u say double standards. So freedom of speech. I can not approve of Muslims. I’m tired of Christans being held as Prejudiced while every Muslims m can speak against US! NOT FAIR!!

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JohnQ December 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Awww, you poor abused christian. Go pray somewhere coward.

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CNSYD December 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

BREAKING: Clemson extends admission and full scholarships to all cadets implicated in this hood incident, stating, “There is nothing wrong with racist symbolism.”

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Crooner December 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Why has no one identified the old white guy in the Citadel sweatshirt? What was his role? Surely he knew better.

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Total Bullshit December 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Klansmen don’t wear white pants and white t-shirts. They were white sheets like ponchos.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Careful! Your common sense is showing and you might hurt others’ feelings on here because they don’t have any. You must always show consideration for those who are less fortunate.

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Soft Sigh from Hell December 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Grand Plebeles. White Knobbers of the KKK.

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Bill Smith December 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Looks like a Chemical Preparedness Drill to me…this is about stupid.

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Will December 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

As a current Officer in the South Carolina National Guard I am constantly vigilant as a leader my soldiers and their backgrounds. If these young men did not have the insight to see how this would be perceived or they thought this was a laughing matter, then the US Army is not the place for them. PMA Class 60

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CorruptionInColumbia December 13, 2015 at 10:06 pm

What is your official title, “Political Correctness Adherence Officer”?

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Joe Bauers December 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm

End of discussion, the thought police have spoken. Book burning will commence after the hanging of these 18yr olds.

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opengovernmentup December 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

KKK promises something g new Saturday at the Pelion parade. Something never seen in SC. Must be an honest politician

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Rob December 11, 2015 at 10:30 pm

And the problem??? My great great great grandaddy slept on white sheets. White sheets never killed no one. Just a color, not even a symbol really. Touchy touchy.

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Bible Thumper December 12, 2015 at 12:49 am

South Carolina makes worldwide news again. Eight students were suspended.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35070702

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R Cardinas December 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

This article is obviously written by a democratic backed news agency and a writer who probably never served a day in uniform that has taken very little time in trying to report the facts. Reporters today sensationalize everything without pealing back the onion to determine the truth and insulting the intelligence of the reader in order to increase ratings. Knowing a bit about this school and its values, I find it very hard to believe that these cadets were representing the Klan as they sung Christmas carols and not in fact dressing as the ghost of Christmas past. I’m sure the General pictured in the photo who spent his life defending this great nation and our constitution in the most diverse military in the world would have never condoned a skit that had racist implications. What I can read is that this article took time to attack, the Republican Party, the military community, Christmas, and our intelligence by yet again trying to devide this country with this redrick and racist overtones. I find it disgusting that we have left it up to social media and poor news reporting to trie, convict and ruin the lives of these cadets and the reputation of a decorated veteran that appear to be only performing a Christmas skit and who thought they were representing ghost Christmas past and not the Klan. Truly Shameful!

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Birthers For Cruz December 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

Another Lying Republican.

What’s new?

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CorruptionInColumbia December 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Another mealy-mouthed politically correct weenie.

What’s new?

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Gregory Deese December 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

I bet most of these students were not form South Carolina, liberals keeep looking for the KKK boogey man, but there isn’t one in SC. When was the last time a cross was burned or a real KKK man sent to prison? Answer over 40 years ago. The KKK you see today are from out-of-state phonies, most are Federal agents. The real Klan called itself “the Invisible Empire” it took undercover agents and infomrants years to bring them down. Still feared after 40 years, some of those old Ku Kluxers, most of whom are in their 80-90’s would laugh at the fear they still stoked in 21st Century knuckleheads. The SC Klan was last active in the late 1970’s, yet they still raise money for the fearful liberals, A lot of wannabees and phonies out there but the reall KKK died out before most of you were born, and if they were still around they wouldn’t post on social media.

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