Social media teams are in charge of making content and fun posts, but it is always important to know your history before posting something.
This is something that the UCF’s social media team should’ve known beforehand. Following a 56-6 blowout where the UCF Knights prevailed over the Kent State Golden Flashes, their social media team tweeted out, “Someone Call the National Guard”. This tweet was supposed to be an innocent reference to Shannon Sharpe calling for help after the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots.
Unfortunately, Kent State is infamous for the Kent State shootings, when in 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War, killing 4 and injuring 9. The incident is also remembered for an image of a student screaming over a killed student. For more about this, read here.
It’s important to say that it likely wasn’t meant to be a malicious moment but is a reminder that history needs to be considered, and a lot of it isn’t supposed to be celebrated but remembered. Let’s hope that the person responsible for posting is educated on the matter and apologizes.
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