PULLMAN, Wash. – Students at Washington State University are expressing their anger and concern after a racist video involving students was posted to the Facebook page “The Ultra Meme Lord.”
The video was posted on April 26, but was removed from the page early Thursday morning.
A woman named Tyisha Brown El posted the video to her Facebook page saying, "Here's the video for people who haven't seen it. #WSUCommunity."
WARNING: This video contains graphic language and may be extremely offensive to some.
The video showed a white male student in a verbal altercation with black female students. The male student in the video is seen making comments to the female students based on their skin color. The female students respond saying "White men are the biggest terrorists in America."
The video also includes racial slurs and text saying "Maybe you should back to Africa."
WSU students took to Twitter to directly express their frustration and request the university take action.
This video is offensive and does not represent WSU values & our desire for an inclusive campus environment. https://t.co/MsCM3qVGvY— Kirk H Schulz (@WSU_Cougar_Pres) May 4, 2017
WSU’s President, Kirk Schulz, first responded on Twitter condemning the video. He assured students the university is investigating and will hold the person who made the video accountable.
We are in the process of investigating and will hold the person who did the video accountable. https://t.co/9J8UcU5EmB— Kirk H Schulz (@WSU_Cougar_Pres) May 4, 2017
We are all here to support you - we are checking into the details of who authored the video and will take appropriate steps. https://t.co/Ofe0yGM5oI— Kirk H Schulz (@WSU_Cougar_Pres) May 4, 2017
On Thursday, Schulz released a full statement regarding the incident.
Last night, I was informed about a highly offensive and racist video that was posted online. The video, which incorporated footage from a student demonstration on Terrell Mall on the Pullman campus in November, was intended to cause pain to our community of color at WSU. It directly impacted our students of color studying for final exams.
I have said this before and will repeat it once again. The attitudes, the behavior, and the language expressed in the video are not acceptable. It’s not acceptable to me, our senior leadership, or the greater Cougar community. Individuals with those beliefs are not welcome in our community.
We will recommit, in our actions as well as our words, to building a truly welcoming and inclusive environment at WSU. We are not progressing quickly enough. I have directed our Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo and Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales to begin working with our students, faculty, and staff on ways to continue to improve our campus climate and formally respond to the ideas members of campus are bringing forward to address these issues.
I have asked that we have a preliminary report completed and distributed to the WSU campus community by June 1. In order to keep the community informed of progress, we will also create a web page where the community can provide input about our efforts, suggest ideas for us to implement, and hold us accountable for living the values we espouse at WSU.
I remain confident that by utilizing the passion, talent, and great ideas of our WSU faculty, staff, and students that we will do better and continue on our journey toward inclusion for all.
Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University
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