Black Lies Matter.
BLM activist ruined white University of Virginia student’s rep over ‘misheard’ remark: report, by Dana Kennedy, NY Post, April 29, 2023
A well-known Black Lives Matter activist allegedly ruined a fellow University of Virginia student’s reputation, accusing her of referring to George Floyd protesters as “speed bumps” and threatening to run them over—only to later admit she may have “misheard” the offending comments, according to a report.
UVA student Zyahna Bryant, then 19, was already a high-profile activist when she encountered fellow student Morgan Bettinger at the July 2020 protest.
What happened next sparked a social media hate campaign in which Bettinger was denounced as a “Nazi”; school investigations; and a bid by Bryant to have Bettinger expelled, according to the outlet Reason magazine.
Bettinger, the daughter of a police officer, pulled up near a local George Floyd demonstration and found the street blocked by protesters.
A truck driver had parked his vehicle to protect the demonstrators, prompting Bettinger at one point to tell him, “It’s a good thing that you are here, because otherwise, these people would have been speed bumps,” Reason magazine reported.
Bettinger said she meant no harm in the comment.
“I had no interest in walking over to him to speak to him,” she told authorities, according to Reason, “but out of being polite, when he spoke to me, I answered.”
The “speed bumps” remark was said in gratitude, Bettinger noted, to thank the driver for guarding the demonstrators, who had taken over a busy street.
The driver later corroborated Bettinger’s remark to local cops.
“Not once did anything from the past, of even the rally, Unite the Right rally, cross my mind,” she said.
“It was simply a comment made to a [dump] truck driver who was sitting and blocking the road, and just saying, like, ‘It’s good you’re here.’”
Bryant, according to the outlet, took it quite differently.
Bettinger, she claimed, was threatening demonstrators, and got in her car and cried after she was confronted.
The incident drew attention after Bryant, a student and social justice activist, took to Twitter.
Her version of what happened was retweeted more than 1,000 times.
“The woman in this truck approached protesters in #Charlottesville, and told us that we would make ‘good speed bumps,’” Bryant wrote.
“She then called the police and started crying saying we were attacking her.”
Bryant also posted videos—not of the alleged “speed bump” comment itself, but of its aftermath.
In the footage, Bettinger backs down the street in her car while Bryant and several other protesters follow.
“It’s a Karen, it’s a Karen,” Bryant taunted, according to Reason.
The story was picked up by local media and spread like wildfire.
Bettinger was identified online the next morning and was barraged with insults and accusations from UVA students.
One student tweeted that Bettinger was a “f–king Nazi.”
The next day, Bryant began demanding that school administrators expel Bettinger.
“EMAIL these UVA deans now to demand that Morgan face consequences for her actions and that UVA stop graduating racists,” she tweeted.
Bryant herself filed a complaint with the University Judiciary Committee, a student-run disciplinary system, alleging Bettinger had threatened students’ health and safety.
Bettinger was the subject of multiple investigations in the months that followed, Reason reported.
“I was completely consumed. My phone did not stop blowing up,” Bettinger told the magazine.
“I didn’t sleep for nights.”
A student disciplinary hearing concluded that Bettinger was guilty of making a legal threat against the protesters.
But a second probe found Bryant probably didn’t even hear firsthand what Bettinger uttered, and considered her evidence shaky, according to Reason.
Bettinger eventually graduated from UVA but with a permanent mark on her record, Reason reported.
No witnesses corroborated Bryant’s claim that Bettinger derided protesters as “good f–king speed bumps”—even though it happened in front of more than 30 people, according to the outlet, which also reviewed documents previously not made public in the case.
Bryant was a celebrated activist at UVA.
She got national attention after writing a 2016 petition demanding that Charlottesville take down its statue of Robert E. Lee.
By summer 2020, she was on Teen Vogue’s “21 under 21” list, had spoken alongside Bernie Sanders, and had been profiled in such outlets as the New Yorker and the New York Times.
Since the UVA incident, Bryant’s profile has only grown. She was the subject of a positive Washington Post profile in 2021 and was named to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list.
Neither woman could be reached for comment.
UVA did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
Bettinger said that even though she was ultimately vindicated, the damage has already been done.
She’s planning a lawsuit against the school, Reason reported.
“This whole situation has had a huge impact on my life,” Bettinger says.
“The university has never had to answer for what their actions have done.”
What has happened to our civilization post–George Floyd (and during COVID) must have a reckoning. If not, the civilization we inherited from our ancestors is dead already.
Bettinger’s story is but a microcosm of the evil birthed from Floyd dying of a fentanyl overdose in late May 2020.
It’s real simple: Bryant and her ilk when, demonizing every white person who ever lived or who ever lived as racist in the process, or we win.
Thus, delegitimizing the word “racist” of even potency in canceling an individual white person ever again, because, collectively, white people said, “no more.”
What will it be?