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Is Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Closing Due to Social Justice Warriors?

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No, it's a hoax.

There has been a claim going around web that the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale campus will be shut down as of August 2017, due to "Social Justice Warrior" activity and protests on the campus. This claim is wholly made up.

Origin of the Hoax

Summary: On Thursday January 5, 2017, an article was posted to the American Tribune website, a website known for its click bait titles and fake news, concerning Southern Illinois University. The article, which has since been deleted, stated that the campus would shut it's doors due to a significant drop in enrollment and budget cuts. The American Tribune stated that they had sources that informed them that the drop in enrollment is due to students and parents being wary of the University because of recent Black Lives Matter protests and crimes that have taken place on campus. However, the university's spokesperson Rae Gold Smith claims that the article is false. She says. " I guess we've been a victim of the fake news trend".

Issues and Analysis

Connecting to social justice, the spread of this fake news story is harmful because it pushes the harmful stereotype that protests such as Black Lives Matter are rooted in violence, and only lead to harm.

Timeline

January 5, 2017, an article was posted to the American Tribune website, stating that SIUC would be closing because of its "Social Justice Warriors" and its lack of enrollment due to recent crime close by.

January 9th, 2017: A tweet was made by the SIUC tweeter account, responding to students tweets. "We are aware of a false story that appeared on a fake news website. It contains many inaccurate and misleading statements."

January 9th, 2017: A tweet was made by CrayolaaCrayons "@SIUC hey y'all um is our school closing in the fall? because there's a lot of rumors saying it might or it might just be cutbacks."

January 9th, 2017: A tweet was made by bchil_president stating "@SIUC are you closing on August 13th, 2017? I heard a rumor."


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