A student at Texas A&M University allegedly attempted to ride the mainstream wave, by planting racist notes on the windshield of his car himself and then claiming he was targeted.
The situation happened in June, when student Isaih Martin alerted the university police when he allegedly discovered handwritten messages reading “All lives matter” and “You don’t belong here,” along with a third listing the N-word, on his vehicle.
“All three signs were different signs, and one said ‘All lives matter’ and the other said ‘You don’t belong here’, and the other was very explicit, it said the n-word with a hard ‘r’,” said Martin. “For them to tell me I don’t belong here, when I have earned my spot like everybody else here, and am working to get a degree like everyone else is, that was just kind of hurtful because if anything I deserve to be here just as much as anybody else,” said Martin.
The university also responded to his post, saying that it regrets it happened to him.
“Isaih, we are very sorry that this happened to you. Please report any incidents of hate you witness online or in person at http://stophate.tamu.edu so it can be reviewed.”
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young released a statement regarding the incident, including a $1,200 reward for someone who provides information leading to an arrest.
“Acts of racism are irreconcilable with the values we uphold here at Texas A&M University. Those who promote hate, discrimination and disrespect are not welcomed at this institution. We are tired of bigoted members of our community marring the experiences of students of color,” Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said in a statement.
“To be an Aggie is to be a person of welcoming and accepting nature, and when I first came here on my first college tour here, everyone was so nice everyone was so welcoming,” said Martin. “I never would have thought that I would have experienced this here, going into my senior year. I have almost spent four years in college station and when I first got here, if I knew that, I would have never come to A&M.”
And after nearly 3 weeks of investigations, Police released a statement that, in fact, it was Martin who attempted to create a story by planting the notes on his windshield himself.
This conclusion was based on surveillance footage.
The police report reads that Martin was seen moving around his vehicle, with two different “white specks” held in the area of his chest.
The footage also showed him “stepping back and onto the sidewalk in front of his vehicle, most likely taking photos and videos. He then approaches his vehicle again on the passenger side and remains there for a few moments. He is then seen walking around the front of his vehicle. Martin then enters the driver’s door and drives away a few moments later. The total time spent at his vehicle is 1 minute, 15 seconds.”
He was the only person with sufficient time to place the notes.
Following the revelation, Martin didn’t admit he was guilty, but that he would no longer be continuing the investigation with the police.
He made his Twitter account private, and he claims innocence, saying one of the people who passed by his car was responsible for the act.
Police have closed the case, as the county attorney’s office deemed that leaving the notes fell under First Amendment speech protections and did not constitute a crime.
“As a public university, Texas A&M is limited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) on providing specific student information and therefore will be unable to provide additional details,” the school said following the closure of the case.
False claims such as these, as well as attempting to stir controversy for some quick fame or to play the victim for some apparent benefits, of course, will lead to nothing. This is mostly due to the very apparent fact that the neo-liberal mainstream narrative currently establishes guilt before evidence is provided.
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