University of Oklahoma students who made blackface video will be leaving school


University of Oklahoma president Jim Gallogly announced on Monday that two of the university’s students who were involved in a racist video that has recently gone viral will be leaving the campus.

“This type of behavior is not welcome here and is condemned in the strongest terms by me and by our university,” Gallogly said during the announcement.

“This behavior does not reflect the values and principles of our university, our community and our state,” he continued.

{mosads}His remarks come days after a video posted to Snapchat showing a white female student applying black face paint while talking to the camera surfaced online.

In the video, the student can be heard saying what appears to be a racial slur while also holding up her paint-covered hands. Another white student in the video could also be seen laughing next to her. 

“This video signals to me that we have much more to do to create an environment of equity and respect,” Gallogly said.

“We must be purposeful to create authentic measures to address and abolish racist experiences for our students, faculty and staff,” he continued.  

Gallogly first condemned the students’ actions in a news release on Monday, saying the university is “saddened and offended that even on the eve of such an important holiday for our nation we are reminded how far we have yet to come in the conversation about treating everyone with respect and dignity,” referring to Martin Luther King Day.

“The University of Oklahoma abhors such conduct and condemns the students’ actions and behavior in the strongest terms possible,” he also said. “While students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact of such conduct cannot be underestimated. The students have offered to apologize in order to reflect their regret.” 

One of the students involved with the video has also since been expelled from her sorority over the incident.


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