Vanderbilt University officials speak out after racist email rocks campus
Vanderbilt University officials and students alike are speaking out to condemn a racist email promoting white supremacy rocked the prestigious Tennessee school.
After the email containing racist language was discovered on Monday proclaiming “White Pride at Vanderbilt and Worldwide,” and the n-word, the university launched an investigation.
“Late last night, we became aware that a deeply disturbing email containing racist language and promoting white supremacy was sent to members of the Vanderbilt community,” university Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente said Tuesday morning, the Tennessean reports.
“The language and sentiment contained in this message are abhorrent and antithetical to our values as a university community. We condemn this message and the tactics of sowing distrust, division and hatred that it employs. Equity, diversity and inclusion are bedrock values of the Vanderbilt community.”
The president of the Vanderbilt chapter of the NAACP said racism is becoming all too commonplace and people are getting too comfortable with it.
“I think it’s targeted against people of color. This isn’t an isolated event. This isn’t the first of its kind. I think a lot of people see nothing happens to people who do this. So, people just see it as an opportunity to continue to do it and to continue to target people of color who don’t really have a voice on campus that much,” said Sydney Banks.
Vanderbilt’s chapter of the NAACP shared an image of the reported email on its Twitter account.
The white nationalist email blast that was sent out to many Black Students tonight is yet ANOTHER reprehensible display of how racism and hatred is ingrained into Vanderbilt culture pic.twitter.com/BYJnFncRyc
— Vanderbilt NAACP (@VandyNAACP) July 31, 2018
“The white nationalist email blast that was sent out to many Black Students tonight is yet ANOTHER reprehensible display of how racism and hatred is ingrained into Vanderbilt culture.”
Wente said the school is working with their IT department to determine the source of the email.
“VUIT believes this effort was an external attack designed to look like an official Vanderbilt email….We know this is deeply disturbing and hurtful.”