Earlier in the month, Colgate University in New York, issued a state of emergency and a lockdown after a few students reported an armed black man walking around campus. Despite reports, this turned out to be a huge mistake as the reports were false. According to the Washington Post, the student who promoted the lockdown was actually a freshman who was carrying a glue gun for an art project. University officials have admitted as a result of the reports that the incident was racially biased, and some students have used the incident as an opportunity to shed more light on the nation’s race issues.
One of those students was white student Jenny Lundt, a sophomore who decided to demonstrate her white privilege in a Facebook post.
It didn’t take too much time before local authorities called off the lockdown, and for Lundt to post on social media an image of her holding a sword. She claimed the picture was taken over a year ago, after she was running around the campus with the large sword. Lundt said no one seemed threatened of afraid of her but people thought it was funny. She wrote, “People laughed, oh look at that harmless, silly white girl with a giant sword!!”
The post has since gone viral, garnering more than 24,000 reactions, 16,000 shares, and 1,500 comments.
After sifting through the comments on social media, Lundt decided to alter her post and change somethings around. She was quick to acknowledge all of this trending and attention was due to her white privilege. She wanted to remind everyone that the post and the following discussion wasn’t about her or her feelings and shouldn’t be. It was “about people of color that are oppressed each and every day by this institution and this country at large and I in no way meant to take the conversation away from them and their stories.”
Read her full post here: