Bakari Sellers: SC Governor at South Carolina State Commencement “Obvious Political Ploy”

“It is often said on campus that S.C. State operates in silos, and that is often the case externally.”

These are the words of South Carolina State University President James Clark in a recent letter defending the selection of Gov. Henry McMaster as commencement speaker. Clark further justified his reasoning in the letter by stating that McMaster displayed loyalty to the university by his willingness to take a tour of the campus.

South Carolina State has maintained a legacy of excellence in our community since 1896. However, President Clark’s statement failed to acknowledge the long history of activism and dedication toward social justice that has defined this illustrious institution.

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