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Snapchat Video Of Texas University Athletes Appearing To Laugh While Driving By Lynching Site Sparks Outrage

Snapchat Video Of Texas University Athletes Appearing To Laugh While Driving By Lynching Site Sparks Outrage

Students and athletes at the University of Houston (UH) are in hot water after a viral video was released online. In the clip, the onscreen caption describes an infamous tree, while the other students in the car laugh.

The video was recorded off Snapchat and shared online, later being uploaded by an anonymous account.

UH volleyball player spark outrage over racist

The video, which is of poor quality and lacks sounds, shows an infamous tree where two Black teenagers were lynched by a white mob in 1935. The students shown in the video, Isabel Theut and Abbie Jackson are both graduate students and members of the school’s volleyball team.

In the clip, they can be seen laughing at the tree.

The caption on the video reads:

“This is the hanging tree where we used to hang people.”

The tree in question was used during the lynching of Ernest Collins and Benny Mitchell, two teenaged Black boys in 1935. The teens were targeted by a mob of hundreds of white people after the body of a white woman was found on her family’s farm.

The boys were arrested because they worked in the vicinity. While they were being transported to the courthouse for trial, the mob kidnapped the teens, and hung them in the tree.

The video was said taken by a freshman at the school and another member of the volleyball team. It’s unknown who recorded the video off Snapchat and shared it further online.

The students’ dismissal of the meaning of the tree drew the ire of the internet.

The video was reported by The Cougar, the student run newspaper for the University of Houston. It was there that the students in the video were identified.

A number of comments from students on campus were unsurprised.

UH sophomore student and offensive lineman Cam’Ron Johnson said:

“Smh this what y’all on?”

Another UH athlete, Tianna Randle of the track and field team, also commented:


The Twitter accounts of the three girls in the video have been deleted since the posting of the video. The University released a statement affirming their stance of supporting diversity, but refused to speak about any situation involving specific students.

Others online were more than willing to comment on the situation, however.

Other students and commenters online have called for consequences for the students in the video, but the University has not indicated if that would be happening at this time.