Univ. Of Wisconsin Apologizes For Slow Response To Obama-Noose Fiasco
So two University of Wisconsin fans sparked quite a bit of outrage on Oct. 29 when they wore President Obama and Hillary Clinton masks to the football game against visiting Nebraska -- both dressed in prison clothing, and Obama with a noose around his neck.
Response by security? The fans were allowed to stay, although the one guy was politely asked to remove the noose (he put it back on when the heat died down).
On Monday night a group of Wisconsin students, among them Badgers basketball player Nigel Hayes, blasted the University on Twitter for supporting a culture of racism on campus. Considering the spineless response to the image below, can you blame them?
— (@woahohkatie) October 29, 2016
SECURITY GATE: "What is that sir, an Obama mask with a noose around its neck? Come right in."
When notified of the Obama getup during the game, the university that the costumes were permitted because they were a form of free speech.
@woahohkatie We don't support offensive image of a noose, but this is a form of free speech. Guest Services asked them to remove & they did.
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) October 30, 2016
Today, the university reversed itself. It revoked the season tickets of members of two groups of fans responsible for the costumes, and will change the stadium carry-in policy (or rather, enforce the policy that's already in place). Wisconsin State Journal:
“I am personally very sorry for the hurt that this incident and our response to it has caused,” UW Chancelor Rebecca Blank said during a meeting of the UW-Madison Faculty Senate. “We have learned from this incident, and we will do better the next time.”
— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016
“It is painful that someone in our community would show up to an athletic event with a mask of our sitting president, who happens to look a lot like us, with a noose around his neck. That moment was like a punch in the face to not only student-athletes of color, but also current students, faculty, and alumni of color,” the letter reads. “This incident was yet another blow and reminder that there are people in this community that may not value diverse populations.”
For those still unclear on the concept, noose + image of African American person (especially the President) = bad. Do not do it. Even on Halloween.
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