The tweet from @TTUBSA stated, “All lives don’t matter … While lives don’t mater… Blue lives don’t matter… #BlackLivesMatter.” Following a fiery negative reaction from the community, the tweet was taken down and the account was shut off to the public.
Officials from Texas Tech responded to the incident after more than a week stating:
As an institution of higher learning, Texas Tech University is dedicated to an inclusive environment for all and supports our students’ rights to freedom of expression. A recent tweet sent from a student organization account is not representative of the university or the student organization.
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The response from University officials did not come until after a harsh broadcast from KFYO’s Chad Hasty on his show Wednesday morning. Hasty said:
“This is the kind of crap you see on college campuses. This is the kind of stuff President Obama needs to talk about. You know you have President Obama, he’s going to hold a town-hall on this, on race. This is the kind of stuff he should talk about. And I’m telling you right now, Texas Tech University, they need to do something about this. They need to get a press release, they need to get on top of this right now. Because I guarantee you, if it was any, any kind of young Republican, young conservative, college Republican, student government association that had tweeted out about Black Lives Matter, the university would take swift action.”