Georgia Southern University President Kyle Marrero talks to a large crowd at Thursday night's "Protect the Nest" event. 

STATESBORO — President Kyle Marrero sent an email to all Georgia Southern University faculty members Friday afternoon to address the FYE book burning incident from Wednesday night. The email was later sent to GS students.

“I know many of you are concerned and disappointed about the incidents that have been reported over the past two days following a visiting professor’s talk on our Statesboro campus,” Marrero said in the email. “From what we have been able to determine, the night's events were another example of freedom of expression and a continuing debate of differing ideas, which are tenets of our ongoing efforts to align with our values and initiatives encompassing inclusive excellence. Specific to the reported events of that evening, while it’s within the students’ First Amendment rights, book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values nor does it encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas.”

Marrero commended Student Government President Juwan Smith’s open letter and spoke highly of Thursday night’s “Protect the Nest” event. He then challenged the GS community to lift each other up.

“I continue to encourage each of us to remember to care for each other, including our university guests, and lift each person on our campuses up as one community, remembering that it is our common goal to provide the best environment for our students to learn, grow and succeed,” he said. “We can, and should, work together.”

Marrero’s full email can be viewed below.


At the “Protect the Nest” event Thursday, The George-Anne asked Marrero for comment on the issue to which he said that he would not comment further than the statement provided by the University.

Jalon Ross, a Diversity Peer Leader and a member of M.O.V.E., also spoke with Marrero at Thursday’s event.

“He seemed to listen and not really give me any generic responses, which I appreciated because I was coming with a purpose and I was generally looking for answers,” Ross said. “He told me there wouldn’t be any consequence for the students due to the fact that they placed the books inside of the grill and due to freedom of speech. If they would have burned the fire on the ground or something, then they could’ve been sanctioned by the school.”

Ross expressed to Marrero the importance of not pushing these issues under the table and asked to have conversations about these important events.

He applauded Jennine Capó Crucet for coming and talking about her book and the issues. 

“I’m going to continue to get my voice out there and be heard,” Ross said. “Georgia Southern says that one of the pillars they promote is inclusion and diversity. This does not reflect inclusion or diversity, so I’m going to make sure that my voice continues to be heard.”

McClain Baxley, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief,

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Much of the literature published by liberals over the past 30 years is utter trash, as hateful and derisive as Hitler's Mein Kempf. To demonize certain demographics based on their race, gender religion or sexual orientation has long been the practice of right-wing extremists. So why are liberals doing it? What do they expect to gain from it? Do they honestly think that broadswording whole demographics will educate anyone about the world around them? I remember reading about the controversy feminists started back in the mid-1980s when they asserted that the XY chromosome in males was the root cause of male aggression. The scientific community was quick to respond by dispelling the false, baseless claim as being unproven and totally off the mark.

African-Americans tried a similar tactic 10 years ago when they claimed that African-Americans can't be racist because they lacked the power to discriminate. Racism has many manifestations, including the commission of a hate crime against someone of another race.

Mrs. Crucet made herself look absolutely amateurish by promoting the stereotype of white privilege, that whites, by their race, are shielded from certain forms of prejudice that non-whites experience. She should spend a day as a white person in a large liberal city such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City or Boston and see if she still believes that myth.

The students reacted to her sanctimonious blather in a way that aptly expressed their outrage that a university would invite someone with a self-serving agenda to the campus and subject a large segment of the community to something they're tired of hearing. Expect more book burnings here and elsewhere. An era of condescending rhetoric is about to end.

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