UW campuses have seen a rush of visitors lately, some louder than others. UW Milwaukee’s campus ignited on Nov. 6 in Spaights Plaza when a man voiced his opinions on gender and race. UWM students took to social media, demanding campus police to remove the speaker, while some students offered words of encouragement to those feeling verbally attacked.
Freshman Hannah Sutlze was warned by a friend at UW Platteville of the speaker’s ability to rile students up.
“I did get pretty involved when I shouldn’t have,” Sutlze said, “but as a female it was really hard not getting involved.”
After the protests had settled, the speaker posted about the protest on Instagram, calling UWM students “maggots of Milwaukee.”
The site “Radical Reverend” features the speakers traveling to UW-Madison and UW-Platteville, also referring to students as “morons” and “strippers.” One of the featured speakers was arrested at Northern Illinois University for using “hate speech.”
Freshman film major Mattie Barnhart took to social media to share how she felt about the Radical Reverend.
“Most people there were angry that he was saying such terrible things,” she said. Barnhard said she found out about the speaker on Snapchat.
Other social media platforms, Twitter and Yik Yak, recently became the center of a campus threat to “shoot every black person” at the University of Missouri. The suspect was identified and arrested, but students made a push on Twitter to cancel classes in fear of further threats.
Many campuses are still uneasy after the Oregon shooting, currently resurfacing in the political debates. But as the push for better campus security arises, others are voicing their opinions and concerns on social media.