Black art student with glue gun mistakenly thought to be dangerous, caused 4-hour lockdown at university


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/02/black-art-student-with-glue-gu.html


#2

Sounds like a sticky situation.


#3

In before the following denials:

–He should’ve known better than to walk around with that thing exposed.

–This could’ve happened just as easily to a white guy.

–Better safe than sorry!

–Racism? Come on, the only racists around anymore are the people pointing it out!


#4

Then rumors spread. Suddenly there were two gunmen, and one had committed suicide.

That sounds like a really difficult way to commit suicide. The folks at Colgate aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, are they?


#5

It couldn’t possibly be because he was a black man spotted by panicky white racists, could it? It must be something way more complicated and less probable, because white people are exempt from Occam’s Razor! /s

Actually, that would be an amazing (albeit incredibly weird) magic superpower. But I can say from experience that we are not exempt from Occam’s Razor, even when it’s like really super ultra inconvenient for us.


#6

i just don’t even know anymore.

At least he wasn’t gunned down by 54 armed tactical officers? I guess?

seriously…when is the space ship coming to take me home.

edit: beat @enkidoodler by a millisecond.


#7

Well, look on the bright side: Mr Art student isn’t dead. Progress by golly, progress!


#8

Well, it was in New York, not the South, so…

Society is a group effort. AKA we broke it we bought it we gotta fix it. No backsies, sorry.


#9

Somebody got to them before they shouted “He’s commin’ right for us!”

So yes… progress.


#10

NO! I have always claimed I am an alien and my people will return for me.


#11

So now the university will issue an apology to the student and start a dialogue on campus to bring students together so they don’t lose their shit over a black artist right?

I’m just kidding, cue the nopology, doubling-down and digging up a mug shot from the time he got arrested for a broken tail-light by Officer McCracker, complete with picture photoshopped to make him look like what white people think is a “thug”.


#12

Time to update The List.

Blinking LEDs
Photography & Video Cameras
Black/Brown Adults and Children
Direct Eye Contact
Breasts
Lyft
Peaceful protests
Halloween
Lesbians
Imaginary Black/Brown People
Puppies
Turtles
Rap Battles
Free Speech
Mail Carriers
Motorcyclists
Disabled People
Drawings of Penises
Two-Dollar Bills
Milk
Languages other than English
Makers


#13

The appropriate response would be for the art police to beat him up with their glue sticks.


#14

Sigh. WTF? Worse than the student with the katana handled umbrella.


#15

It’s getting longer.


#16

I’m so tired of this shit.


#17

hey HEY now…we all know exactly how dangerous this could have been.

wait for it…


#18

If he’s like most art students I know, a glue gun would be the least dangerous thing about him. He probably also has:
A kinfe
Exacto blades
Scissors
Hammer
Blow torch
Dozens of flammable chemicals
Empty glass bottles
(possibly drunk from emptying those bottles)
((probably also a little bit high))
Has his eyes on a plasma cutter, but dang those are expensive


#19

Anyone else read the headline as “A student of the black arts…”?


#20

gum erasers. You ever had someone hum one of those at you full force. They hurt man.