Student’s Campaign Compares Clemson’s Football Program To Slavery
CLEMSON, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) – One student’s campaign is comparing Clemson University’s football program to slavery.
“The ‘Most Exciting 25 Seconds In College Football” is literally the Clemson Football Program running downhill, away from the university’s slave holding past and a relic standing as a symbol of it, onto the field that generates significant amounts of money for the school and a large part of it’s [sic] reputation,” a student who identifies himself as A.D. Carson said. “And, yes, to be clear, I am making a connection between the fields the slaves worked for Master Calhoun and the field on which student-athletes give their time, talent, blood, sweat, and tears for The Program.”
The poem and video were posted on the project’s website. The campaign stresses that the stripes on the mascot represent the dark history of the university and claims that the university’s “Solid Orange” tradition is inaccurate.
The “Solid Orange” tradition comes from the university’s students, alumni, staff, and fans that wear the color orange on Fridays as a form of pride.
Some students say the tradition is much more than that.
“I don’t believe that the slogan of the athletic department on campus in any way ‘covers up’ or ‘paints over’ the history of Clemson’s founders and the land upon which the university sits,” Nick James, Chairman of Clemson Young Americans for Freedom, told Campus Reform. “Solid Orange is about the family of Clemson, it’s about equality. Everyone here has a common purpose, a common goal.”
James believes that “Solid Orange” is just a way for the university to market its team and get fans to wear school’s colors on game day.
“We live not in the times of slavery, we live in the times of diversity,” James went on to say.
A professor at the university says that “Solid Orange” should not be viewed as racist.
“It’s fascism. It’s looking at things only through racial lenses and not seeing anything else when in fact there is no racism associated with this,” Dr. J. David Woodard, a political science professor at the school, told Campus Reform.
The school’s colors are orange and purple, with orange being the primary color.