It started with one social media post.

On June 1, the Laguna College of Art and Design (known as LCAD) released a solidarity statement with the Black Lives Matter movement on its social media. The letter, signed by the school’s president Jonathan Burke, looked similar to other posts by universities and companies pledging to stand against racial injustice.

But the hashtag #AllLivesMatter was the sole text on display at the top.

Students quickly noticed that their private arts school had used the hashtag associated with dismissing Black Lives Matter. They started flooding the comment section with their own experiences at

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