On June 25, Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&M University, sent out a campus-wide bulletin beginning, “Yesterday afternoon I learned of a detestable racist event – messages of hate were left on the car windshield of a Texas A&M student.” Young went on to affirm that those who promote hate are not welcome at Texas A&M and offered a $1,200 reward for information leading to those responsible.
“Yesterday afternoon I learned of a detestable racist event — messages of hate were left on the car windshield of a #TAMU student. Acts of racism are irreconcilable with the values we uphold here at Texas A&M University.” – #PresYoung
— Texas A&M University (@TAMU) June 25, 2020
On July 10, though, after a police investigation, Young tweeted that due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, he was unable to provide additional details — such as that the police had found the student had left the messages on his own car.
Isaih Martin (@I_Martin44), a BLM activist at @TAMU, claimed in ultra-viral tweet that racist messages were left on his car. Video shows he placed them there himself. He is now refusing to cooperate w/police. @TAMUPolice are not pressing charges. https://t.co/DSmf12TmO1 #HateHoax pic.twitter.com/39v7Y3SFsp
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 13, 2020
[Isaih] Martin, who believes the notes were left by one of the men seen in the video walking a dog, has taken to social media to share his side of the story. There, he’s been faced with increased skepticism, especially after announcing this week he consulted with an attorney and was no longer speaking with police.
“I’m in a predicament where the topic of the case was let’s find out who did this to them pointing the finger at me,” said Martin on Twitter. “In the end, I stopped talking to them because it seemed they were more interested in me getting the blame for this hate crime instead of finding the actual person who did it.”
Police shared their findings with the county attorney who determined no crime was committed since the notes did not contain a threat.
According to reports, one of the hateful notes read, “All lives matter,” while another said, “You don’t belong here.”
“Based on video evidence, no other person had enough time to place the messages on Martin’s car other than himself,” police said in their report.
He blocked me. pic.twitter.com/AIc8Uy83j7
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 13, 2020
What a surprise.
The demand for racism exceeds the supply.
— Some beach ⛱️ somewhere (@dbates71) July 13, 2020
@TAMU has not even acknowledged that is was fake. They put a statement out after, but just said the “investigation has been closed.” Student is currently enrolled for his senior year. Zero repercussions. #presyoung
— HonestAg93 (@K38819836) July 13, 2020
I love how “all lives matter” is now some kind of slur. Christ.
— Ben Barton (@BenBarton636) July 13, 2020
Why are they not pressing charges?
— Nazareth Berlanga (@nberlanga) July 13, 2020
I’d throw the book at him. Not just charges, but also throw a damn book at him.
— DefinitelyNotABot (@Definit85075446) July 13, 2020
Where is the reflexive reciprocity in the justice system?
These vile incidents tear the fabric of society.
He should be charged appropriately. Not doing so condones bad behaviour & perpetuates mistrust.
— rajeev bhatia (@RajeevBhatia416) July 13, 2020
When America is so unracist that you have to fake the hate.
— Weaponized Nerd Rage (@WeaponizedRage) July 13, 2020
@TAMU are absolute cowards for not pressing charges and expelling him from school.
I thought “Aggies never lie”.
— VC (@VerizonChad) July 13, 2020
He should be expelled. That’s what would have happened to whoever did this if it was real.
— Larry Farlow (@LarryFarlow) July 13, 2020
They need to charge him. He filed a false police report. End of discussion.
— MuddyPuddy (@MuddyPuddy1) July 13, 2020
Sometimes there are just not enough hate crimes, so you have to manufacture them yourself, to prove a point that doesn’t exist. Impossible to believe anyone anymore.
— Rigbee17 (@Sandie882Sandie) July 13, 2020
Since June 24th the students at A&M lived with the shame of believing one of their fellow students were racist and being suspicious and fearful of each other
That doesn’t go away and now there is added fear and shame
This warrants a punishment and deterrent
— Cheese Crackers 🇺🇸 (@Why45huh) July 13, 2020
The fact the police and officials simply shrug at hoaxes is infuriating.
— NH (@TwoQuoque) July 13, 2020
So, if racism is as big of a problem as they are claiming it to be, how come people apparently have the need to go out and create viral threads about them being a victim of racism, that they themselves created to make it look like a real case but it was just a big lie from them?
— Araghast (@Araghast1) July 13, 2020
Texas A&M officials are despicable cowards. They pounced immediately when Isaiah Martin made his outrageous claims, but cower in fear once the truth is made known that Martin is a reprehensible liar. A&M has bowed to the mob.
— Donald Thibaut (@dgtbow) July 14, 2020
Shocking that he protected his twitter feed…
— Milosexual.com 📣 (@PrivilegedVictm) July 13, 2020
Should press charges for false reporting, you let this slide, then you let all false reports slide from here on. You can't have equal justice if you continue to cherry pick when and who you enforce a law.
— Frontline_FodderRN (@NvyDoc2RN) July 13, 2020
Less interested in the police response, I want to see what @TAMU will do. He damaged their brand and will surely be in violation of their code of conduct, but will they follow through with disciplinary action or fold for fear of political backlash…?
— T J Smith (@TEZofAllTrades) July 14, 2020
I feel sad for the kid. He just wants to be hated so bad. 🤷🏻♂️
— Wiki (@wikiwayne) July 13, 2020
Imagine leaving an “All lives matter” note under someone’s windshield wiper.
Black college student arrested for targeting himself, other minority students with racist graffiti https://t.co/edn5fVPdom
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 1, 2018