VIDEO: College 'diversity trainer' attacks pro-gun protesters... says prison jumpsuits like wearing blackface or a Trayvon Martin costume?

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

  • Suggests students should be incarcerated for the costumes
  • Asked for students' names
  • The administrator compared prison jumpsuit costumes to wearing blackface.

    A diversity trainer at the College of Charleston (CoC) appears in a video acquired by Campus Reform comparing students protesting campus gun laws in prison jumpsuits to wearing blackface or Trayvon Martin costumes.

    Kristie Brian the director of diversity education and training at the CoC, can be seen in the video telling the students at last months protest that their costumes are offensive. 

    “I mean I don’t understand why anyone is wearing a prison jumpsuit who is not incarcerated for a Halloween costume."   

    “I mean I don’t understand why anyone is wearing a prison jumpsuit who is not incarcerated for a Halloween costume," she said. "I don’t know if you saw the Halloween costumes of you know a white guy blacking his face and being Trayvon Martin for Halloween and somebody else dressing up as George Zimmerman."

    [WATCH] Pro-gun protesters in prison jumpsuits as offensive as blackface Trayvon Martin costume

    “That kind of mockery of the really serious violence that is so endemic in our society is extremely troubling to me, and to see someone standing out here having fun, standing out here passing out fliers in prison jump suits is very offensive to me. Do you want to give me your names,” Brian added.

    The student protesters were dressed in jumpsuits to emphasize that crime still occurs in gun free zones. Despite multiple requests from Brian, the students refused to provide her with their personal information.

    Brian did not respond to a request for comment by Campus Reform in time for publication.

    CoC spokesman Mike Robertson told Campus Reform in an interview late last month that the event was put on by students concerned about campus gun laws.

    Robertson also confirmed that while police were called, the students were allowed to continue with their protest.

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Former Reporter
    Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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