Virginia University Investigates Racist Video With Person Wearing School LogoBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia is conducting an investigation of a hate-filled video that was posted online. It was initially uploaded on YouTube but was removed for violating the website's community standards.
Raw Story reported that the video featured a woman wearing a Donald Trump mask and waving a firearm. She was seen wearing a shirt with a picture of the president and the words, "My President is White. Again."
Messages in the video contained the "N" word with phrases that suggest genocide. Music that was playing in the background also promoted lynching, white power and the Ku Klux Klan.
Old Dominion University issued an official statement, saying that they are already probe deeply into the matter. The school admitted that it decided to conduct the investigation because of the university logo present in the shirt that the person in the video was wearing.
The university described the video as a despicable act of hate and intolerance. It also noted that there is no place in its campus community for hate and divisiveness.
Moreover, Old Dominion University encouraged its campus community to continue the commitment to civility and inclusion. The school has provided resources and services such as its Counseling Center for those who need support. Its Office of Intercultural Relations staff is also open for students who want to have a discussion.
Mace & Crown, the school's student newspaper, took to Twitter to urge people who know who the person in the video is to report it to the ODU Police Department.
Since Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several hostile acts against minority students were reported to have happened in various campuses across the nation. Furthermore, a lot of university students are worried about being deported without warning and not being able to complete their studies.
University expert Shaun R. Harper, who founded and directed the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, noted that the current surge in racial bias supports his argument that higher education institutions should be responsible for giving white students access to a course in race.