“Drunkenly stumbled into a random house and passed out on their couch this past weekend…woke up to find out it was a professors.” Where can Bobcats find drunken, sex filled, personal confessions from their fellow classmates? OU Confessions of course.
In March of 2013, the Twitter sensation that is OU Confessions began. Since then the site has developed an audience of 16.2 thousand followers. The page began as a site where fellow Bobcats could openly admit to the crazy endeavors they partook in over the weekend with absolutely no shame.
Less than 24 hours ago Black OU Confessions made its debut on Twitter, instantly igniting heated debate. Black OU Confessions was not far behind Black OU Crushes which was established a mere two days ago. OU Confessions and OU Crushes were no longer the light-hearted sites that Bobcats turn to for a laugh, they were faced with a much larger issue…race.
OU Confessions was quick to react to the establishment of both pages tweeting, “Are you kidding me @BlackOUCrushes and @BlkOUConfession” 26 March 2014, 11:07 a.m.
“If you ain’t white you ain’t right WHITE POWER!”, “The south will rise again,” and “Nigger lol” are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cold racial slurs Black OU Confessions has received. The twitter page has been suspended over 30 times since its debut.
Black OU Confessions shares their purpose and a personal experience on campus which drove them to recall their status as a fourth-year Bobcat, vacate Athens, and expose the issues in our Bobcat community. OU Confessions shares what they’ve got to say to Black OU confessions and expresses their opinion on the new page and the issues.
Black OU Confessions
Q. Are you a student at OU?
A. I am currently not a student at OU. I was a student just a week ago but I withdrew.
Q. On what date did you activate Black OU Confessions?
A. I started this page on the evening of March 25, 2014 right after the Cavaliers beat the Raptors.
Q. Do you run the page individually?
A. Yes. But a really good friend of mine has access to it.
Q. What was your goal in creating this page?
A. My goal was to provide an anonymous platform that people could use to confess. My ulterior motive was to shed light on how gossip and negativity has been existing and how this is destroyin the community at Ohio University.
Q. Is there an issue you are attempting to address?
A. The fact that people find it easy to address problems anonymously. This causes turmoil within the community. I wanted people to realize that they deserve better from their peers.
Q. Did you expect the reaction you received on Twitter?
A. I expected the first reaction. The first reaction was: people blamed me for what others were saying. The problem is, none of these things should be said at all. And I shouldn’t be blamed because I wasn’t the one saying these things and making these allegations. I did not expect the second reaction about racism. This page was not created to segregate the black community from the others. This page was made to show how gossiping has an effect on the community.
Q. What is your opinion of the OU Confessions twitter page?
A. I thought it was a great idea until they tweeted me with negative racist comments. They failed to realize the purpose for the page and they jumped straight to the race conclusion.
Q. I noticed, the majority if not all of the individuals that are followed by your account are black individuals. Is there a reason for this?
A. I followed people directly from the @BlackOUCrushes page whom are mostly black. When white people started to notice the page, they blocked it and reported it a spam which is why it was suspended so many times. So I felt no need to follow the very people that were blocking and reporting the account.
Q. The following are tweets from the account, please elaborate on the tweet:
“This page isn’t meant to solve the problem. Only shed light on it! I keep saying that. Ya’ll must not pay attention.” March 26, 2014 – What is the problem you are referring to here?
A. The problem is that gossiping ruins the community. It has a negative effect. I wanted to bring that to light since no one is willing to talk about it in events that have been held to discuss the very things that destroy the community.
Q. “We didn’t make this page to expose people. We made it to expose how weak the community is. And it worked.” March 26, 2014– How did it work?
A. It worked because it showed how divided the community is. Its called Black OU Confessions. Not Black OU Gossip. People made it a gossip page. And friends turned on each other. Weakness.
Q. Do you intend to keep the page up?
A. No. I was going to delete it this morning until I started receiving racist comments.
Q. Do you see an issue with race on campus?
A. Yes. I believe there isn’t enough diversity. And the minorities that are present are severely underrepresented.
Q. Have you personally been discriminated against on campus because of your race? If so, please explain.
A. Yes. People have stopped me on the street because I was black and wanted to fight me. The very reason I withdrew from OU just last week was because of racism. I’ve been called out of my name (which I don’t really care about), but as much as I’ve done for OU, I never deserved it.
When asked to go into further detail about the incident that occurred on campus that resulted in the former Bobcat’s withdrawal from Ohio University they were unable to comment for legal reasons.
Q. Are you a student at Ohio University? If so what year?
A. Yes, junior.
Q. Are you the founder of OU Confessions?
Q. On what date was OU Confessions started?
A. Beginning of March 2013
Q. Do you manage the page individually?
Q. What is the purpose of OU Confessions?
A. It was to be an anonymous, funny account where Bobcats could post their confessions.
Q. When an individual sends a confession do you know anything about their race?
A. No, not at all. It’s on the ask.fm site and it is 100 percent anonymous.
Q. Do you see an issue with diversity on campus?
A. There are definitely issues but that’s honestly anywhere. You can find issues on any campus in the country. Here it is so much a majority white campus so there are some issues for sure…I haven’t really given it much thought. I never really thought of them as separate people. I just thought we were all Bobcats.
Q. What is your opinion of the Black OU Confessions page?
A. I’m just kind of confused by it. I don’t get why there would need to be one. It kind of is a rip off too. It’s (OU Confessions) a completely anonymous account, I don’t know who sends things, I don’t think it’s ever been segregated. I don’t understand why someone would feel the need to make a new account.
Q. The following is a tweet from your account, please elaborate:
“Are you kidding me @BlackOUCrushes and @BlkOUConfession” March 26, 2014, 11:07 a.m.
-What did you mean by this tweet?
A. OU Crushes and myself both created these accounts. It’s not fair that they’ve used what we’ve done to create something that segregates. It’s not an issue of race. It was never about race before that.
Q. The page (Black OU Confessions) has been suspended and reported as spam several times, have you personally attempted to get it suspended in any way?
A. No. Twitter is a free reign thing, you can say and tweet what you want.
Q. Have you or anyone you are affiliated with used racial slurs to refer to the individual who manages the Black OU Confessions twitter account?
A. No, I had no idea.
Q. What’s your opinion on the racial slurs Black OU Confessions has received?
A. I did not know any of that. That’s terrible. That’s awful. I don’t know why anyone would say that.
Q. Do you believe that Black OU Confessions deserves all the turmoil they are receiving?
A. In a way, they deserve some kind of turmoil. I think it’s completely harsher than it needs to be. People are just blowing this way out of proportion. It’s something we invented and I don’t think it’s fair for another account to come in. It’s something that shouldn’t be an issue. Race shouldn’t be an issue.
Q. Do you think that the Black OU Confessions page should remain up?
A. If they want to take whatever heat they are getting they can stay up.
Q. OSU does have a successfully run Black OSU Confessions page. What’s your opinion on that?
A. That makes sense. OSU is a huge school, it’s enormous. We go to school in Athens, Ohio. There’s not a lot of diversity. It’s pretty clear that this is a predominantly white school.
Editor’s note: OSU’s incoming class of 2013 had a white population of 67.4 percent and an African American/black population of 4.2 percent. OU’s class of 2012 (the most recent data in the OU Fact Book) had an African American population of 4.8 percent and a white/Caucasian population of 80.6 percent.
Q. Has this made you view race issues on campus differently?
A. It definitely has. Race is a pretty big issue here and I didn’t realize it until today. There are a lot more problems than I thought.
Q. If you could speak to the individual who personally runs Black OU Confessions what would you say?
A. Congrats on being creative with your idea. I would like a better explanation of why you felt it was necessary to create a separate account.
Black OU Confessions has undoubtedly sparked a campus conversation on the issue of race, segregation, and minority representation. As of today the page has been temporarily deactivated by the individual for unknown reasons.
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