Two members of the Florida State University marching band are facing disciplinary action for unfurling a Black Lives Matter flag in the middle of their halftime show during the FSU vs. Syracuse game last week.
FSU has been quick to separate the university from the rogue actions of the two students.
"The university is aware that there was an issue with two students on the field during the Marching Chiefs halftime performance on Saturday. The students were escorted off the field and appropriate actions will be taken," reads a statement from Florida State’s College of Music.
While the “appropriate actions” are not being made public, Patricia Flowers, dean of the College of Music, has made clear that the action of the two BLM-supporting students was not sanctioned by the university.
"It was just two students and we're going to take appropriate action with them," Dean Patricia Flowers told The Tallahassee Democrat.
Avid football fans posted pictures of the Black Lives Matter banner from the FSU game across social media.
There has been an uptick in BLM and other far-left groups activities at FSU since President Trump was elected. The Students for Democratic Society and other Black Lives Matter aligned groups were credited with helping to turn FSU into a “sanctuary campus” in February. Over 66 percent of students who voted on the sanctuary campus referendum voted in favor of turning FSU into a “sanctuary campus” demanding that the administration guarantee they don’t cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement investigations.
Tallahassee has reached a new high this year with a record number of homicides, leaving Leon County with the highest crime rate in the state of Florida. Meanwhile on campus, fraternity members are under investigation for cocaine trafficking and the death of a young pledge at a greek life party.
Tallahassee’s mayor is under investigation by the FBI in the “biggest investigation in years,” utilizing undercover agents to investigate influence-peddling in Florida’s Capital.
“It’s disappointing to see people use a time of enjoyment with family and friends at a football game to bring politics into it especially during parents weekend. I am happy to see the band take action and value the performance at the game over the political agenda of a few. It’s sad that we are talking about this event instead of the bands event which was enjoyed by many,” FSU College Republicans President Landon Schneider told the Washington Examiner.The banner controversy comes just days after FSU banned all Greek Life activities at the University.
Richard Raps is a Florida based journalist who previously worked in grassroots politics.