URI student under fire after sending racist message to NFL player
KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – The University of Rhode Island is condemning a racist social media post allegedly sent by one of their students on campus to an NFL player.
Miami Dolphins player Emmanuel Ogbah posted a screenshot of the racist message writing, “I normally ignore stuff like this, but this is uncalled for.”
The post, which quickly gained thousands of comments, was removed after being up for nearly a day. Twitter users alerted URI leaders, who sent out a letter to students and staff addressing it.
The letter read in part, “The University learned today of an offensive, unacceptable and racist comment posted to social media earlier today, allegedly by one of our students. This language is abhorrent and has no place in a community that is deeply committed to anti-racism.”
Vice President of Student Affairs, Kathy Collins, spoke to ABC 6 News following the post stating that the University is not taking this incident lightly. According to Collins, it was referred to the University student conduct process review where there will be a conduct hearing.
Due to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the University cannot release the individual’s name or information about what decision is made following that hearing.
“There is an incident that has happened and we are not sweeping this under the rug,” URI Chief Diversity Officer Mary Grace Almandrez said. We recognize that this is problematic, it’s harmful, and can cause trauma to many members of our community. The issue of accountability is taken very seriously.”
The University is also providing resources to students on campus who have concerns.
“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened at URI or at any other campus,” Almandrez said. “We’re at this moment right now where not only our campus community members are, but our external community members are calling on us to be leaders– leaders in anti-racism, leaders in social justice.”