W.P. Chedester, the chief of police at West Virginia University, was forced to bend the knee to the angry mob after a “Thin Blue Line” flag was spotted in his office during a virtual Campus Conversation over Zoom.
The topic of the discussion? You guessed it! How to best “work together to foster a safe, diverse and inclusive culture” on the campus. Apparently, up until now, the campus was a racist hotbed.
The meeting was going well until eagle-eyed snowflakes spotted the flag on Chedester’s wall. The flag is usually flown in honor of black and white police officers who’ve died while in the line of duty. But students and professors were offended. LawOfficer.com pointed out that “naturally, Chedester would like to keep his job, so within hours, he issued a letter of apology.”
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“I understand now that it represents something else to many others; something that I now know was traumatic to some of our community tuning in for our Conversation,” he wrote. “I sincerely did not have any intent to suggest that police lives matter more than Black lives nor was I intentionally trying to cause any harm or offense.”
The verdict?…. You guessed it again!… Not good enough!
Cue the English professor Rose Casey, who, according to CampusReform.com, responded to the apology by saying that the Blue Lives Matter flag is “associated with white supremacy.” She was nice enough to call his apology “welcome.”
Enter Vagner Benedito, a biochemical genetics professor. He reportedly took to Twitter to call for Chedester’s resignation, saying, “The only way forward is with his resignation. Why is it so difficult to comprehend.”
Benedito ruled that Chedester’s apology is not “convincing.” He told Campus Reform that the flag is evidence that the police chief may not be willing to defend minorities on campus.
“To be clear, the diverse community at WVU and allies are demanding the replacement of WVU Chief Police moving forward,” Benedito told the website.