The University of Capella has been one of the hottest brands on Twitter this week.
The university has been in the news for its use of the #blacklivesmatter hashtag on social media to advocate for the black community.
A spokesperson for the university said the tweet was not taken seriously and the university does not support racism or hate speech.
It also said it is not a platform for hate speech, and does not take issue with anyone using the hashtag to promote their political views.
However, some users are not pleased with the university’s use of a racial slur.
I feel like I’m in a zoo with them, @brianhannah_ (@brianbhannah) March 18, 2021 University of Capellas spokesperson Jennifer Hannah said she is not against the hashtag itself, but its use in the context of a broader social movement.
She said it was ironic that the university chose to use the hashtag for an event that is designed to address issues around race and the legacy of slavery.
@briannhannah You dont know what this hashtag means.
#blackLivesMatter is a term that Ive been using for over a decade.
It is the term that has been used in my mind to explain what has been happening in our society over the past 100 years.
We have a very, very powerful history and we need to understand that history and what is going on and it is important to know what is happening.
She said the hashtag was not being used to advocate the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The use of #blacklifematters by @UNC_CSU was in no way intended to be racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory, and the hashtag has been widely reported as such,” she said.
“The university takes its responsibility to ensure that students and staff feel comfortable using its resources in a respectful and safe manner and will take appropriate disciplinary action against those who misuse the hashtag.”
“We want to be respectful of our community and the institutions and services they serve and we have an obligation to them to do so,” Hannah added.
Hannah said the university is considering taking down the tweet, and that it was not the first time the university had used the hashtag.
“This is just the latest in a string of examples of us using the phrase #blacklifematter on social networking,” she wrote.
“It’s not about me and it’s not an isolated incident.
Its not about our campus and it doesn’t mean that @UNCA_CSUP has done anything wrong.”
She added that she did not believe the hashtag had racist undertones.
“As someone who has worked with students, teachers, administrators and faculty on the campus and in the classroom for over 20 years, I believe that the use of racial or ethnic slurs is not representative of the University of Carolina, nor is it representative of our campus community,” she added.
“We will continue to engage with our students and their diverse communities, and as the years go by we will continue making the University a more welcoming place for all.”
The hashtag has also been used by people who have called for the death of white people in the US, Canada and Australia.
“There is no place for racism in Capella,” said an email sent by @laura_k_nelson_ on March 18.
Capella University is not the only university to use a hashtag to call for an end to racism.
The University in Capelles Twitter account has also used the phrase “stop racist violence” to call out white supremacist groups, such as white supremacists who hold rallies on the university campus.
This is the most recent hashtag in the #BlackLivesMatters movement.
I am #BlackMatters and I don’t care what anyone says.
@UN_CSUTO @UNCDomain #BlackNets #BlackWomen #BlackMen #BlackMoms #BlackCucks @cnn @foxnews A post shared by Laureen Nelson (@laura-nelson-4) on March 19, 2021.
This is not just a matter of the hashtag being used by white supremacists, however.
In January, the University in Australia suspended a student for using the #NBNN hashtag to describe a man who had posted a video of himself trying to get a woman to abort his unborn child, the ABC reported.
Students in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom have also used hashtags to call on the government to ban certain types of speech.
“This will not end racism.
#blackliftsmatter is not about you.
It will not stop racism.
#NOBUT” was tweeted on the hashtag, along with a picture of a young man with a black backpack, the Washington Post reported.
#BlackliftsMatter has since been deleted.
The hashtag is still