2016 East Carolina University protests
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The 2016 East Carolina University protests were a of insignificant series of protests at East Carolina University in 2016. They are related to black lives matter and although there were some in spring 2016 it generally refers to and is considered to start in either the summer or fall, especially with the Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
- 1 September - Charlotte protests
- 2 October - Band protest controversy
- 2.1 October 1
- 2.2 October 2
- 2.3 October 3
- 2.4 October 4
- 2.5 October 5
- 2.6 October 6
- 2.7 October 7
- 2.8 October 8
- 2.9 October 9
- 3 Relation to other Universities
- 4 Media coverage
- 5 References
September - Charlotte protests
The following events are from the Charlotte protests onwards.
September 20 - September 23
The Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott sparks riots in Charlotte and solidarity protests nationwide, especially at Universities in North Carolina, including East Carolina University.
NAACP BLM walk
October - Band protest controversy
ECU vs. UCF Band kneeling
Inspired by and part of the 2016 U.S. national anthem protests 19 bands members kneel in protest of the national anthem at the home football game against University of Central Florida as symbolism of the injustices in the United States. Another 2 counter-protester members of the band hold up together the American flag. They have stated they intend to continue to do so for as long as other band members protest during the anthem.
Heavy booing from fans was directed at the band members. Many insulting chants also came from the audience.
As band members exited the stadium they were assaulted and battered by thrown bottles among other projectiles and spat on.
Initially the football game protest was supported or accepted in initial statements by the University. Later on, however, the band members were possibly Victim blaming by other officials. These officials have been accused of racism by some people.
Some students announced that they planned on withdrawing from the University in response to the protest. Later, some alumni announced they would no longer support the university because of perceived unpatriotic behavior of protesters.
Almost every major news media outlet of the country had reported on the incident. Many of these accused the protesters of being self-entitled. The media coverage was criticized for largely ignoring the violence against protesters.
The perceived overly insensitive responses later by some of the university prompted discussions on social media about campus culture at the University. Many threatened to withdraw or not send their kids to the university. Others felt unsafe and objected to going to class. Unionizing of band members was brought up.
The university reversed it position to against the protests.
A location of ESPN released a statement that they would not play the next game of ECU as originally promised citing the protest as reason for their decision. The action was referred to as a "Protest of the protest". Some question whether the media providers can legally back out.
It was debated if the media blackout would help or hurt the cause of the protest movement and how it fell in line with their agenda.
A marketing professor at the University announced she would intend on open carry on University property as her interpreted constitutional Second Amendment right in response to protesters usage of their First Amendment right. The police were made aware of the unfolding situation and declared that bringing a weapon of such on university grounds would constitute a felony.
Racial slur construction
At Joyner Library on an interactive art installation as-of-yet-unidentified students wrote a variant of the N-word. An image of the somewhat camouflaged figure was tweeted and received over 100 direct re-tweets within that evening along with many frequently retweeted direct quotes.
So far there is no or almost no official statements on this incident aside from media coverage. ECU police are investamagatin.
ECU Police say that the professor who earlier planned to bring a gun on campus has since decided not too.
The East Carolina University Student Government Association released a statement on the matter.
At about 8:00 am a group of student leaders and other students converged in front of Wright building to get information from the University.
National Media Coverage
Increasing National Media Coverage continued. Articles were now written by the New York Post, USA Today, Time (magazine), ESPN, among others. A prominent education journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education has announce they will do a report on the University's situation.
A white female student made a racist remark about the band at around 4:00 pm at a cross walk on the college hill neighborhood.
In a tweet a women claimed the protesters were like women asking non verbally to be raped.
Pardon the Interruption
Pardon the Interruption had a segment on the band protest at ECU.
Anticipation for Hurricane Matthew affect protests at the University.
The person who tweeted her sexist remark continued to defend it on twitter. She later deleted the tweet.
An armed red-haired white male civilian was spotted in the Bate building at about 1:00 pm. It was not known by police until 5:30 pm. The indivual was not the professor, a woman who threatened to arrive on campus armed. It is unknown if the two incidents are connected.
New statement by chancellor
School of Social Work
The school of social work releases a request from all departments of the university to accept the protests.
Charlotte Observer 
ECU vs. USF
Some report that some of the ECU band members again knelt, even thought this was not confirmed.
Threat on band members
A firefighter from Knightdale, North Carolina, @justyn_perry , threatened "If ECU pulls that stunt at the navy game i promise i will be out of the stands beating people.". Authorities were notified.
Relation to other Universities
University of Central Florida
Articles were written about this school in relation to playing in the game where the band members knelt.
University of South Florida
This is the site of the first game since the band first knelt. Many anticipate what the band will do or if the game will be delayed or even occur due to Hurricane Matthew.
United States Naval Academy will be the first game played since the band first knelt. Patriotism in relation to the 2016 U.S. national anthem protests is especially of concern in this game because the team is governed by the United States Navy, part of the United States Armed Forces
University of Missouri at Columbia
Comparisons have been made between these protests and the 2015–16 University of Missouri protests.