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FSU Fan Posts Meme Depicting Lynching of Football Coach Willie Taggart

"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement about Tom Shand's racist post.

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Florida State University football fan, Tom Shand, posted images on his social media depicting coach Willie Taggart getting lynched. That disturbing image prompted outrage among FSU fans and social media users alike on Sunday morning.


Apparently, Shand's blatantly racist comment was prompted by FSU's loss to Florida on Saturday. The team finished its season with a 5-7 record, marking its first losing season since the 1970s.

Florida State President John Thrasher released a statement Sunday stating the post was unacceptable and indicated an investigation has been launched by the state attorney's office:

"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," Thrasher said in the statement. "I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating. Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."

Thrasher and the university were reported to have Taggart's back via a post on Twitter.

Shand was a former student at FSU from 1997-2000. Although many fans were upset by the Seminole's losing season and were vocal about their disappointment, no one else reacted in such a viscerally hateful manner. Many of the school's fans who were in the same FSU fan group with Shand immediately admonished the controversial post which had the image of a lynched Taggart stated: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing your rep."

Another fan on the same thread even asked if the Shand was serious to which he answered, "I'm dead [expletive] serious. This is how far I'm willing to go to get rid of this clown!!!"

Shand works as a club counselor for Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. based in Orlando, according to his LinkedIn profile. Its executive leadership team does lack diversity.

Hilton Grand Vacations is no longer a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hilton Inc. (No. 10 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list). It was spun off into its own publicly traded company.

Shocked fans began sending screenshots of the post to Shand's employer, demanding that he be terminated. There has been no response as of yet from Hilton Grand Vacations, which was closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Apparently, this is isn't Shand's first-time at the rodeo. Diligent fans also discovered posts by Shand directed at former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith with the same disgusting racist undertone.

Shand, subsequently, deleted all of his social media accounts.

The Conversation (5)
.27 Nov, 2018

Pointing out a lack of diversity in the executive team is misguided, especially considering the CEO is Asian and half of the team are women. The same diversity guidelines that were in place with Hilton carried over as well and I’m actually surprised this guy lasted there with this kind of talk, there areonly a few white men in that office.

27 Nov, 2018

Ignorant!!!!!!!

White Men Hurled Racial Slurs and a Shopping Cart at a Black Woman

The suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.

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At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.

When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.

Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.

On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.

Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.

Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.

The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."

White Supremacists Attack Black DJ Over Music, FBI Investigates

They could be facing hate-crime charges.

Rec Room Bar and Grill, Lynnwood, Wash.

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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean.

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New Jersey Teacher Fired After Saying the N-Word and Having a Meltdown

Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."

Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.

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Holocaust Scholar at Columbia Frightened by Swastikas Spray-Painted on Her Office

The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.

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'Hurts Like Crazy': Jemel Roberson's Mother on the Death of Her Son

The choir at his funeral wore black T-shirts with "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel" printed on front.

Screenshot of CBS Chicago broadcast

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"He was a good person, he had a good heart," she said during his funeral at House of Hope.

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Nooses, Signs to Protest Mississippi's Racist History Found at State Capitol

"On Tuesday Nov. 27, thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims," one sign said.

Seven nooses were found at the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday.

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